James Milner rues missed chances after loss to Red Star

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has deliberately excluded Switzerland worldwide, Xherdan Shaqiri, from The Reds' squad to face Serbian side Red Star Belgrade (FK Crvena Zvezda) in their Tuesday's Champions League Group C clash at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, and he explains that the decision was taken to save the club a possible distraction as a result of political tension in the region - the player's land of birth.

The Liverpool winger is proud of his Kosovan and Albanian roots and has not been afraid to show it, leading to an awkward situation for his club once they were drawn against Red Star of Serbia in Group C of the Champions League.

Winners of the European Cup in 1991, Red Star hadn't made it beyond the qualifying stages of the Champions League since the following year.

Liverpool must now win their final two games against Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, and Milner admitted the performance in Serbia was inexcusable.

Milan Pavkov scored a first half brace for Red Star Belgrade. "Even Mo Salah has played two fewer".

'We will keep going and playing because it doesn't take much for those chances to go in'.

Liverpool head to a potentially tricky away tie against Red Star Belgrade knowing full well that a victory would give a significant boost to their qualification hopes.

A key topic on the agenda was the prospect of a partisan home crowd and the influence Red Star's supporters can have on both teams.

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The Reds may be second in the Premier League table, but they have won just three of their last nine games in all competitions.

"We can't be letting teams get a start on us like we did tonight".

"Napoli came here and found it tough as well, so it's a tough place to come, but we expected that".

"We knew that [playing at the Marakana would be tough], it was obviously a nice atmosphere to play in".

Klopp opted to rest Roberto Firmino and give Sturridge a rare start, but he endured a hard game.

"If we take those chances tonight the game looks a lot different".

Changes were needed and Klopp acted swiftly, bringing on Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez at half-time for Sturridge and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

"You don't want to go into the last game needing to beat Napoli or Napoli needing a draw or anything like that".

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