Liverpool lose their mojo to make Champions League last 16 a struggle


'We will keep going and playing because it doesn't take much for those chances to go in'.

Daniel Sturridge started for Liverpool in Serbia, but was replaced at half-time (Marko Drobnjakovic/AP).

As it happens, Liverpool can afford to draw in Paris and still qualify from the group and you could see them beating many of Europe's top sides over two legs, as they showed previous year.

"All over the field, we didn't win the ball back well enough and the passing wasn't good enough", Milner, who captained the Reds at the Stadion Rajko Mitić, added.

Sadio Mane found space down the left to drill a low cross which evaded Mohamed Salah but found his team-mate at the far post, only for the striker to lean back and balloon over.

The Reds must now get results in their final two Champions League group stage clashes against PSG and Napoli. It's no secret amongst Kopites that Liverpool have yet to hit top gear this season.

"The gaffer, win or lose, he always speaks more the day after the game because that's when he can clear his head and that's where he gets the best out of us, where he can talk from his thoughts", said defender Andy Robertson.

Milan Pavkov scored both goals as the Group C's basement club picked up their first win of the competition to give themselves hope of continuing in Europe.

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"We were not surprised by Red Star's tactics".

He will be partnered by Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum, who has been an ever-present in the starting lineups this season, while the third midfield slot is likely to be taken up by veteran James Milner, who scored this past weekend against Arsenal.

Substitutes: Gomez (6*), Firmino (4), Origi (5).

The 24-year-old, whose career has stalled badly following his £20 million move to Anfield from Benfica in 2014, was caught liking a tweet celebrating Red Star's victory over Liverpool.

"Hendo was close, but not close enough".

Left-back Andy Robertson, playing nearly as an out-and-out winger after the break, saw a cross deflected on to the top of the crossbar, while Salah finally forced a save out of Milan Borjan, hitting a post with his next effort.

The atmosphere reached fever pitch seven minutes later as Pavkov doubled the home side's advantage, rifling a screaming shot from 25 metres into the right corner of the net with Alisson well beaten.