Red Star shock Liverpool for first Champions League win in 26 years

Calvin Saunders
November 7, 2018

Liverpool midfielder James Milner told United Kingdom broadcaster BT Sport that Liverpool had problems "all over the field" in the first half and never properly recovered.

Kosovan-born Shaqiri caused outrage in Serbia with a pro-Kosovo "double eagle" gesture that represents the Albanian flag during Switzerland's World Cup win over Serbia in Russian Federation.

Shaqiri, an ethnic Albanian of Kosovar heritage, scored the winning goal for Switzerland when they beat Serbia 2-1 at the World Cup in June and celebrated with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania's flag. The Kosovo-born Swiss global could have been a target for Red Star fans, particularly after his politically-motivated celebration against Serbia at the World Cup. They were, if you want, on their bikes and we had to deal with the situation.

Their only European defeat on this date came to Red Star at Anfield in 1973.

The Serbian champions will hope that their supporters will make a difference on Tuesday evening and help them get a positive result to make some noise in a highly competitive Champions League Group C which also consists of Italian power Napoli and French champions PSG.

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The Swiss national footballer transferred to Liverpool from Stoke City in the pre-season transfer window and has impressed club manager Jurgen Klopp, bagging a goal and two assists from seven appearances so far this season.

Despite Lovren's return to fitness, there is unlikely to be any change in the defensive personnel for the Reds, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson all expected to continue in front of goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

We are keen to be respectful and avoid any distractions'.

Jurgen Klopp's side were up against it from the first whistle with Red Star surprising their visitors thanks to incessant, strong attacking. So for that reason, Shaq is not involved and he accepts and understands this.

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. They remain unbeaten in the Premier League but have rarely reached the heights that made them so scintillating to watch last term.

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