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

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

Red Star Belgrade blew Champions League Group C wide open and loosened Liverpool's grip on top spot after Milan Pavkov scored a first-half brace in a 2-0 win.

They got a hard group stage draw when PSG and Napoli came out of the hat with them but they continued their excellent European form with an opening round win against the Ligue 1 champions to put themselves in pole position.

All-in-all, this is another must-win tie for Liverpool to widen the gap between themselves and fellow top-2 contenders. The other two were Manchester United in 2005/06 who despite finishing second, were very much in a slump as they transitioned from the Roy Keane era towards a younger squad, and Chelsea in 2012/13, who having inexplicably won the Champions League the previous year under Roberto Di Matteo were in a state of drift domestically.

All is far from lost.

The result sees Liverpool remain on six points from four matches played with Napoli (five points) and Paris Saint-Germain (four points) locking horns in the later kick off.

"We had chances but we weren't ruthless enough, weren't patient enough".

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"As players we've got to take full responsibility and make sure it doesn't happen again", Lallana told LFCTV. "There were a lot of moments when we could get in control of the game and we didn't do it, we made the wrong decisions". They have the three points, we have nothing.

Liverpool in contrast could only finish fourth, 25 points adrift of Pep Guardiola's side, though they did beat City on route to the Champions League final.

Despite Liverpool's improving form Firmino has struggled for goals, scoring just once in his last 10 matches.

Klopp declared the result was a one off and insisted his team had nothing to worry about, despite Liverpool losing three straight Champions League away games for the first time in the club's history.

One Reds fan wrote on Twitter: "Just leave Lazar it's for the best".

Over £160 million ($210.5 million, Sh21 billion) was spent on new recruits, but only goalkeeper Alisson Becker has become a first-team regular as midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have largely been left on the sidelines. However, Liverpool fans are becoming more anxious by a drop in intensity and urgency from the players. "It is too early to say that is how it is".

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