Liverpool thumped Crimson Star 4-Zero within the reverse fixture at Anfield two weeks in the past however the tables have been turned early on in Belgrade as the house facet took management.
A deflected Andy Robertson cross struck the Crimson Star crossbar within the second interval whereas Mohamed Salah struck the put up with a shot from the sting of the field.
However Crimson Star have been worthy of the victory — the primary they’ve claimed within the Champions League for 26 years — in entrance of a loud and passionate residence crowd within the Rajko Mitic Stadium.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner advised UK broadcaster BT Sport that Liverpool had issues “everywhere in the area” within the first half and by no means correctly recovered.
That was of little concern to Crimson Star’s gamers, nevertheless, as they joined arms and took the acclaim of their supporters on the full-time whistle.
The consequence leaves all very a lot to play for when it comes to qualification from Group C, which additionally options Napoli and Paris Saint Germain.
No Shaqiri or Firmino
Liverpool began the sport on the prime of Group C and knew victory would transfer them to the brink of qualification for the final 16.
However the Anfield membership have been with out attacking midfielder, Xherdan Shaqiri, who was left at residence on Merseyside.
The attacking midfielder was born in Kosovo and is of ethnic Albanian descent. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia 10 years after the bloody battle between Serb forces and Kosovar-Albanian rebels. Serbia doesn’t acknowledge Kosovo as an unbiased nation.
Liverpool additionally selected to begin with first-choice striker Roberto Firmino on the bench. In his stead, Daniel Sturridge fitted into Liverpool’s attacking triumvirate alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
However It was Crimson Star marksmen Pavkov who would catch the attention within the Rajko Mitic Stadium.
Pavkov leapt above defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip to energy Marko Marin’s supply low past Alisson within the Liverpool objective with simply 22-minutes on the clock.
With the boldness flowing, Pavkov then doubled Crimson Star’s benefit six minutes later, holding off the problem of Georginio Wijnaldum earlier than steadying himself and firing residence from 25-yards out.
Liverpool tried to power their approach again into the sport and got here shut via Robertson and Salah. The Egyptian was additionally denied late on by Crimson Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan.
However the Serbian champions defended stoically and noticed out their historic win in relative consolation.