Liverpool were left stunned by a dominant Red Star Belgrade side as they were defeated 2-0 in the Group C Champions League encounter on Tuesday.
A win for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool would have taken them to top the the group, three points clear. After PSG and Napoli played out a 1-1 draw, the English club find themselves in the second place.
For the hosts, it was Milan Pavkov, who scored a brace inside 30 minutes to hand his team the advantage, which eventually turned out to be the difference.
Pavkov headed in one into the Liverpool net in the 22nd minute and the followed it up with a superb finish in the 29th to set up the stunning win.
Klopp, a disappointed man said that his side lacked the mojo as they made “life a bit too easy” for their Serbian opponents.
“I saw a few games like this already and it is really difficult to find your mojo,” the German said, as quoted by BBC.
“We made life a bit too easy. I don’t say it is already serious if you lose twice but we have to make sure it will not not happen again.
“We had a lot of moments when we could get in control of the game and we didn’t do it, we just made the wrong decision,” he added.
Red Star dominated the first half with an array of attacks as Vujadin Savic and El Fardou Ben Nabouhane and they found the opener through Pavkov, who seemed unstoppable on the night.
Liverpool wasted a good chance of scoring the first goal when Daniel Sturridge failed to find the wht from a distance of about six yards in the 17th minute.
Klopp’s side put up a better show in the second half which saw them enjoy an advantage with 80% ball possession but were unable to cause any sort of change to the scoreline as Reds Star Belgrade walked out the winners.
Liverpool, who were held to a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend, showed signs of sloppiness from that game. Their performance was no better against Belgrade.