UCL: Liverpool v Red Star Belgrade Preview

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Liverpool will look to firm their grip on top spot in Group C when they travel to Serbia for their UEFA Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp's side hold a one-point lead over Napoli at the midway point of the group stage, with two wins and one defeat from their opening three games.

The Reds kicked off their European adventure with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one, before being beaten 1-0 by the Azzurri a fortnight later.

They ran out convincing 4-0 victors over Zvezda at Anfield last time out, but will face a tricky return tie in the Serbian capital.

The champions of Serbia are bottom of the pool, having picked up just one point in three matches and shipping 10 goals in their last two outings.

Vladan Milojevic's troops made a good enough start after holding the Naples outfit to a goalless draw, but heavy defeats to PSG (6-1) and the Merseysiders have left their Champions League hopes in tatters.

Two of their final three encounters are at home, which Red Star will look to use to their advantage with the backing of a partisan crowd inside the Rajko Mitic Stadium.

In team news, Klopp welcomes back Naby Keita, who missed the last four games with a hamstring injury he sustained on international duty with Guinea.

Xherdan Shaqiri has stayed on Merseyside to avoid any potential unpleasantness with Serbian fans following his controversial goal celebration against their national team at the 2018 World Cup.

Jordan Henderson also misses out as he continues to work on his fitness after a hamstring problem, while Nathaniel Clyne is absent due to illness.



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