Red Star vs Liverpool
| Tuesday, November 6th |
Champions League | Rajko Mitić Stadiium
5:55 PM BST / 12:55:00 PM EST
The Champions League group stage is getting towards the pointy end, and Liverpool sit top of the pile in Group C. Before return legs with Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, though, the Reds will attempt to cement their lead with a win in Belgrade against group punching bags Red Star.
The Serbians have continued their dominant form in the Superliga since their 4-0 defeat at Anfield back in October, winning three straight and racking up a 7-1 goal difference, increasing their lead at the top of the table, with 43 points from 15 games. That fact will likely count for very little on Tuesday, however, as Zvezdar sit on a single point after three games, having scored only a single goal while conceding ten.
With 50-odd thousand supporters at their back, though, the Serbians will do their very best to ruin their visitors’ night, and despite their dominant win at Anfield two weeks ago, Liverpool can’t afford to look past their opponents tomorrow night.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Keïta, Lallana; Salah, Sturridge, Mané
Albanian-born Xherdan Shaqiri has been left back on Merseyside to avoid undue trouble with the Serbian crowd, while Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne also remain in Liverpool, owing to injury and illness, respectively.
On the bright side, Dejan Lovren and Naby Keita have been cleared to play, and while the former might spell Joe Gomez, the latter could offer some respite to the tiring legs of James Milner in midfield. Adam Lallana could be in line for his third start of the season, while a diminished-looking Roberto Firmino might get a rest, allowing Daniel Sturridge the chance to continue his renaissance.
What Did the Managers Say
Klopp: “So far when we were involved in a European competition we were in the final - let’s carry on like this… or try! If we would have won both finals, that would have been a thing! But the world is like this; you judge it because you won or lost one game. If you lose earlier, it’s not that dramatic. It’s all good, we’ll try again.”
The Officials (ESP)
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz
Assistants: Pau Cebrián Devís, Roberto del Palomar
Fourth official: Diego Barbero Sevilla
Additional assistants: Carlos Del Cerro, Alejandro Hernandez
Kickoff is set for 5:55 PM GMT/12:55 PM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV.
In the meantime, and as always, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.