Crvena Zvezda V Liverpool - As it happened.
FT RED STAR 2-0 LIVERPOOL In spite of being touted as the underdogs for the tie, Red Star produce a magnificent effort to vanquish a lacklustre Liverpool side. The first half brace from Pavkov, coupled with some resolute rearguard action, sees the Serbian champions see off a limp Liverpool side, who have nothing to show for their long trip to Eastern Europe.
A long ball from Milner is claimed by keeper Borjan. Red Star are on the brink of an historic victory in Belgrade.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Borjan gets down quickly to smother a vicious drive from Mo Salah. The home side look determined to add a clean sheet to this likely victory here.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Milner floats in a diagonal ball, but Van Dijk's header is lacking any power, and Borjan comfortably gathers.
Closing stages of the game here and Liverpool are heading for another away defeat in Europe. If Red Star hold on here it will be Liverpool's second successive away defeat in the Champions League, after they lost to Napoli on match day two.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- A wide free kick finds the head of Dutchman Van Dijk at the back post, but the centre half can only loop his header onto the roof of the Red Star net.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- The ball trickles through to the back post from a long throw, but Salah's attempt to chip Borjan is thwarted, as the keeper stays on his feet and catches the ball.
CHANGE LIVERPOOL- A final throw of the dice for Jurgen Klopp as he sends Divock Origi into the fray in place of Adam Lallana , in order to try to claw back at least a point from the match.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Salah and Robertson combine in the box, but the Egyptian's tame effort is dealt with by a combination of Borjan and Savic for the hosts.
CHANCE RED STAR- The hosts break well down the left, and Jovicic is unfortunate to not be able to get hit toe on the end of a deep cross at the far post.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Matip rises well at a corner but can't get over the ball and his header goes high and wide of the net.
CHANGE RED STAR- Final substitution for the hosts as Jovicic comes on to replace the worn out Kristicic in midfield.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- A liverpool corner is parried by Borjan, but the ball only reaches the edge of the box and a waiting Mo Salah. The egyptian does well to control the ball and send a lobbed effort towards goal, but the ball would hit the outside of the upright on its way past the net.
CHANGE RED STAR- Marko Marin comes off to raucous applause, and is replaced by Causic in the middle of the park.
Lots of possession and wide play from Liverpool, but they have been unable to muster anything of note so far apart from a fortuitous hitting of the hosts' cross bar. Jurgen Klopp's side have been lively without truly creating any clear chances for much in this game.
CHANGE RED STAR- Gobeljic replaces the stricken Stojkovic at right back.
Red Star player Stojkovic has suffered a nasty leg injury and will be unable to continue. The player thumps the ground in anger, as he is deeply disappointed not to be able to carry on in this key match for his side.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Firmino sets himself to send a cross into the box. But this pass is deflected and loops onto the top of the Red Star cross bar! Red Star then clear the danger. Very close to a freak equaliser there.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Firmino's cross causes chaos in the hosts' box, but Mané's prod is blocked by a wall of Red Star defenders, and the follow up from Milner is blocked and cleared away.
CHANCE RED STAR- The hosts claim for a penalty, as Ben's shot appears to come off the hand of covering defender James Milner. However the ref waves away the claims and after a pinball melee in the box, the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
We are back underway here in Belgrade, with Liverpool having a tall task ahead of them to take maximum points from this game.
CHANGE LIVERPOOL- A half time double switch sees Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez replace Daniel Sturridge and Alexander-Arnold.
HT RED STAR 2-0 LIVERPOOL A first half to forget for Jurgen Klopp's side, as their wastefulness in front of goal contrasted with Red Star's ruthlessness sees them on the wrong side of a two goal deficit at the interval. Liverpool will have to be more clinical in the second half if they want to keep their knockout phase hopes in their own hands.
A slight opening for Liverpool, as Mané reaches the by line and digs out a cross. But the hosts keeper Borjan plucks the ball out of the air with ease to halt the danger.
10 minutes until the interval in Belgrade, and what started as an even contest has been completely transformed in the space of seven minutes, as hosts Red Star now boast a two goal advantage over Liverpool. The visitors are eager to get themselves a goal back before the interval, but if they are to get on the score sheet, their finishing will have to improve, in particular from striker Daniel Sturridge.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Sturridge takes aim from outside the box, but his effort came no way near close to emulating opponent Pavkov's wonder strike, as it once again flies wide of the target.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- The visitors look to get right back into the tie, but Matip's header from the corner is well blocked by Deganek, then another header on the second phase from Robertson is deflected just wide of the goal. Unlucky not to have levelled there. Great defending from Red Star!
GOOOAAAAALLL RED STAR!!!! An absolute screamer of a strike from Pavkov sees the hosts extend their lead! The striker took aim from outside the box and smashed the ball past Alisson in the visitor's net!! Liverpool have got considerable work to do here.
Red Star are turning up the heat on Liverpool here. They seem confident that they can extend their lead...
GOOOOAAALLL RED STAR!!! The subsequent corner is headed home emphatically by Pavkov!! Lacklustre defending sees the striker drift into the centre of the penalty area and head home past the helpless Alisson. The hosts are ahead in Belgrade!
CHANCE RED STAR- Alisson is forced into an excellent low save from a long range drive.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Sturridge is fed into the channel and he turns the defender well, but his shot is deflected wide for a corner to the 'Reds'. The subsequent corner is dealt with well by Red Star.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- a Mane cross eventually falls to Daniel Sturridge with the goal gaping, but the striker loses his composure and blasts the ball high into the stands. A great chance for the opener missed there!
A rather balanced opening fifteen minutes or so in Belgrade. No guilt-edge chances have been made by either side, but both have seen plenty of action in each penalty area.
CHANCE RED STAR- A corner ball causes havoc in the Liverpool box, and the ball breaks loose, but the hosts cannot hit the target as the ball flies over Alisson's net.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- Salah latches onto a long throw in to loop the ball into the opposition box. But Alexander-Arnold cannot keep his effort down, and once again it flies harmlessly over the crossbar.
CHANCE RED STAR- The hosts hit back with an attack of their own. Marko Marin does well to cut inside and fire a shot at goal, but keeper Alisson is more than equal to the tame effort.
CHANCE LIVERPOOL- first notable attack of the game for the visitors sees Mane reach the by line, but his volleyed cut back is hard for Milner to latch onto, and the midfielder blasts the ball way over the bar from the edge of the box.
Freekick to Liverpool deep in their own half, as Marin catches Alexander-Arnold with a sliding block challenge.
The corner is floated in, but Van Dijk rises well to clear, and the shot from the rebound flies harmlessly wide.
Early danger in the Liverpool box, Red star have a corner
And we are underway here in Belgrade for what promises to be an intriguing Champions League tie between Red Star and Liverpool.
The teams are out on the pitch with kick off just moments away now...
Meanwhile for Red Star boss Vladan Milojevic, first choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan has recovered from injury to start the game. And, looking higher up the pitch, the coach has decided to swap Jovancic with Jovicic in midfield, while Srnic comes into the starting XI in place of Ebicilio.
A few changes have been made by the respective managers for tonight's clash. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp opts to bring in Joel Matip for Joe Gomez in defence; Adam Lallana is given a rare start in place of Fabinho in midfield. And most notably, Daniel Sturridge is preferred to Roberto Firmino in the 'Reds' front three.
And now for the visitors, Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Mane, Salah, Sturridge.
Starting team news has been released. First for the hosts Red Star: Borjan, Stojkovic, Savic, Degenek, Rodic, Jovancic, Krsticic, Srnic, Marin, Ben, Pavkov.
The stage is set for what should be an intriguing game in Serbia tonight...
Good evening and welcome to our coverage of today's Champions League clash between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool. Team news to be announced shortly...