Have Liverpool lost their bite in midfield at the moment?

Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool FC

Liverpool's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League were dealt a significant blow as they slumped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday evening.

The home side made a fast start and deservedly picked up their first win in the pool courtesy of Milan Pavkov's first-half double. "We need to come together as a team and try to give what the gaffer wants, try to get the spark and try to win games more comfortably".

Sturridge would live to rue that missed chance when Red Star opened the scoring just minutes later.

They conceded a goal from a corner and another from a loss of possession and quick counter-attack against Red Star.

Nenad Krsticicuels tussles for the ball with Mohamed Salah.

"I saw, unfortunately, a few games like this already and it's really hard to find your mojo back", surmised Klopp as Belgrade rocked to Red Star's first win in the competition for 26 years.

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After the first of the late restarts, Harvick was on the inside and was able to keep Blaney from clearing him on the backstretch. He then recovered from a pass-through penalty and a loose tire, managing to fight his way back to a ninth place finish.

Marko Marin delivered from the right-hand side, and Pavkov - who had never before scored in the Champions League - rose unmarked to nod into the bottom corner on 22 minutes. "We believe we can win every game, that's always been the case with us".

"I don't know how many chances, very good chances, we had tonight, but it felt like a lot".

The visitors almost got lucky 10 minutes after half-time when Andrew Robertson's deflected cross bounced back off the top of the crossbar.

Victory would have taken Liverpool four points clear at the top of Group C but they will be knocked off that spot later on Tuesday, whatever the result between Napoli and Paris St-Germain, who kick off at 20:00 GMT.

And it has ultimately left Liverpool with real work to do in their final games away to PSG and at home to Napoli.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has Alisson in goal, while in defence he opts for a centre-back pairing of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool's title challenge in 2014 under Brendan Rogers was aided by a lack of European football during an 11 game winning streak in the spring, bringing them closer to the title than they have ever been in the Premier League era. Spurs face an uphill task after taking just four points from their opening four games, while Liverpool's slip-up in Belgrade has left them with plenty of work to do to qualify for the knockout stages.

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