Degenek's Red Star stun ruddy Reds

Jurgen Klopp chats with Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri as he's substituted

Jurgen Klopp chats with Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri as he's substituted

Jürgen Klopp accused Liverpool of making life too easy for Red Star Belgrade and warned his players that they must raise their standards to avoid missing out on the Champions League knockout stage.

Klopp opted to rest Roberto Firmino and give Sturridge a rare start, but he endured a hard game.

Daniel Sturridge, who started up front for Liverpool in place of Roberto Firmino, sidefooted over the bar from close range in the first half and Mohamed Salah saw his shot strike the post after halftime.

It was no more than Red Star deserved after the opening 20 minutes. The result puts them behind the eight ball with games to come against Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli.

They will now know they are going to have to aim to win both of their final two group matches to reach the last 16.

Liverpool finishes the group with a trip to PSG and a home game against Napoli.

Liverpool have three victories in their last nine matches in all competitions - Red Star and Cardiff at home and Huddersfield away - and while not playing well was acceptable when they were winning, it takes on a different complexion after results like that in Belgrade.

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

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The Reds had more than 80% of the possession and hit the woodwork twice in the second half but could not score as Red Star recorded their 10th clean sheet in their last 15 home games in Europe.

The midfield three of James Milner, Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum failed to make a single successful tackle between them at Rajko Mitić Stadium, via The Liverpool Echo.

After a frustrating opening 15 minutes, Liverpool should have been ahead when Daniel Sturridge found himself free at the back post following a risky pass across the box, but the striker could only blaze the ball over the bar from just six yards out.

"We didn't start well enough and that showed with them getting the two goals", Milner added.

"We have to make sure you can not ask that question again". Still unbeaten after 11 games, the only points they have dropped came in draws against other sides in the top five in Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Klopp said Liverpool lost their mojo during the Group C reverse on Tuesday and sought answers from his players on their return to Melwood.

Red Star scored on 50 percent of its shots on frame, finishing with four shots on goal.

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