Shaqiri left out Liverpool's squad for Belgrade trip due to safety concerns

Shaqiri left out Liverpool's squad for Belgrade trip due to safety concerns

Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

It was Liverpool's third successive Champions League away defeat - the club's worst run in 39 years - and Klopp's side will travel to Paris Saint-Germain later this month before hosting Napoli at Anfield on December 11 in the final round of group matches.

Explaining Shaqiri's non-inclusion in the squad, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football". They last played in the European Cup in 1991 as holders, when beating the likes of Liverpool would not have been regarded as such a surprise.

That was of little concern to Red Star's players, however, as they joined arms and took the acclaim of their supporters on the full-time whistle.

Jurgen Klopp's side have made a solid start to the new season under the German manager and they are now third in the Premier League table and two points off top spot after 11 games.

Strong, powerful in the air and seemingly an able striker of the ball, Pavkov's repertoire was too wide-ranging for Liverpool to cope with as he inspired the win with two completely different types of goal.

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To be fair, that away game at Crystal Palace was perhaps their toughest game of the 13 games in the run. I don't feel like we dropped two points. "But when we played, we were really risky ".

Salah nearly sneaked a close-range shot in between goalkeeper and post and Virgil van Dijk headed on to the roof of the net, but there never appeared to be any real threat of them recovering the deficit.

Red Star moved onto four points, two behind Liverpool, and their home form means they still has a chance of a top-two finish.

"We have had enough chances to get back into the game and we didn't take them".

Fellow midfielder Henderson will work at Liverpool's Melwood training ground as he recovers from a hamstring issue, although he is expected to be fit for Sunday's Premier League home game against Fulham, and full-back Clyne is ill.

'You can't give teams the start, the crowd is big for them and it's been a long time since they've been in the Champions League.

Will Liverpool qualify for the Champions League knockout stages? Shaq is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday.

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