Red Star Belgrade vs Liverpool, Champions League

Shaqiri I'm a Champions League winner I deserve respect at Liverpool

Serbia does not recognise Kosovo's independence, declared in 2008, amid ongoing tensions. "We want to focus on that, that's all". Politics has always [had] an influence on life, on the planet I live at least. We are here to play football. We decided not to bring Shaqiri.

"The player has accepted it".

Back then, eastern European teams were genuine contenders for club football's biggest prize - Steaua Bucharest of Romania were European champions in 1986 - and Red Star had some of the world's best players like Robert Prosinecki and Dejan Savicevic. We are here to play football and focus on that.

"It was a game we lost and that happened not 20 times so far".

Nicholas told Sky Sports: "This will be my game".

"Liverpool are a favourite, no matter what".

Liverpool FC can propel itself toward the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds by making the most of a long journey.

Wijnaldum moved to Anfield from Newcastle in 2016 and helped the Reds to the Champions League final a year ago.

With Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita continuing to nurse injuries, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp may look to give Adam Lallana or Xherdan Shaqiri the start in midfield.

Comoros forward El Fardou Ben Nabouhane forced Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker to palm his low drive from 25 metres around the post.

The Reds were top of the group heading into the tie and had the chance to extend their lead over Napoli and Paris-Saint Germain.

Liverpool will resume their Champions League campaign when they take on Red Star Belgrade away from home on Tuesday.

Liverpool missed out on the chance to move within touching distance of qualification from Group C as two first-half goals from Milan Pavkov saw Red Star record a historic victory - their first in the Champions League since 1992.

Red Star Belgrade have conceded just five goals in their past 14 home games in European competition, keeping nine clean sheets in this run.

Liverpool might have dropped two points in the Premier League away to Arsenal but Klopp will be expecting his side to get back to winning ways in the next two fixtures as Red Star and Fulham prepare to face the Merseysiders.

"The front three still aren't firing on all cylinders but they're still a handful, especially Sadio Mane".

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