Football Liverpool lose their mojo

Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo

The Reds had chances to get themselves back into the contest but failed to take them.

Daniel Sturridge started for Liverpool in Serbia, but was replaced at half-time (Marko Drobnjakovic/AP).

"I saw, unfortunately, a few games like this already and it's really hard to find your mojo back", surmised Klopp as Belgrade rocked to Red Star's first win in the competition for 26 years.

Red Star remain bottom of the group but are now on four points.

Sadio Mane found space down the left to drill a low cross which evaded Mohamed Salah but found his team-mate at the far post, only for the striker to lean back and balloon over.

The defeat heaps pressure on Jurgen Klopp's side to get results against Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli in their final group stage fixtures, if they want to reach the knockouts. Maybe we are missing a bit of a spark in terms of not winning four- or five-nil in most games but if he [Klopp] thinks that then we need to try to get it back. They have already shredded PSG this season and although they have not hit top gear in Europe this season, they are still unbeaten in the Premier League showing they have the ability to battle it out at the top.

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. They have the three points, we have nothing.

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And Red Star doubled their lead just seven minutes later when Pavkov bagged his second with a superb strike from 25 yards out which Alisson may feel he could have done better with.

Substitutes: Gomez (6*), Firmino (4), Origi (5).

Almost three decades on, Red Star don't have a household name in their squad and needed to qualify for the group stage through the playoffs.

Alisson could do nothing, however, as Marin swung in the corner and Pavkov rose above his markers to spark wild celebrations among the fervent 55,000 home crowd.

The 24-year-old forward was thrilled with the success, which has suddenly boosted Red Star's chances in Group C, and said it would be tough to put behind him quickly.

"Hendo was close, but not close enough".

When Sturridge's right-footed shot on the turn deflected for a corner, the tide turned as the hosts turned the screw.

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