Red Star Belgrade wound back the clock to their European heyday as two goals from towering striker Milan Pavkov helped the Serbian side to a memorable 2-0 Champions League home victory over a subdued Liverpool in Group C on Tuesday.
Former Liverpool star McManaman believes Jurgen Klopp 's men could struggle to advance from the group, particularity if it comes down to the last game.
The Blues travelled to Belarus knowing that a win would book them their place in the Europa League's Round of 32 following a flawless start to the competition this season.
A third successive Champions League away defeat, taking into account May's semi-final reverse in Rome, equalled the run of 1979 which was "achieved" over three seasons, not three successive matches. We know about these situations. "Last season everyone was used to us scoring four or five goals.
And then we have Lallana with a superb knee doing that s*** in an away CL game". "We have to make sure in Paris that we do better".
"We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions that would take focus away from a 90-minute-plus contest that is important for football and only football". We defended very well and they defended cohesively so it was hard to find solutions at times and stop them on the break.
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"They nearly suit them, they come out to play, Liverpool can nick the ball back in unsafe areas and go and attack".
Moments later Red Star and their 55,000 fans packed into the Rajko Mitic stadium were in dreamland as Pavkov picked up possession midway inside the Liverpool half, strode forward and unleashed a powerful strike into Alisson Becker's top right-hand corner.
"They're not at the level they were at past year, Liverpool". "We need to come together as a team and try to give what the gaffer wants, try to get the spark and try to win games more comfortably".
"I think the chances just aren't going in for us", Milner told BT Sport.
Back then, eastern European teams were genuine contenders for club football's biggest prize - Steaua Bucharest of Romania were European champions in 1986 - and Red Star had some of the world's best players like Robert Prosinecki and Dejan Savicevic.