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S. Mané
D. Sturridge
4 - 0
76'
S. Mané
Penalty Miss
51'
Mohamed Salah
Penalty Goal
3 - 0
45'
Mohamed Salah
X. Shaqiri
2 - 0
20'
Roberto Firmino
A. Robertson
1 - 0

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Possession
65% 34%
7
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 11 0
Total Passes 668 347
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1 PSG PSG PSG 6 3 2 1 17 9 +8 11 W W D D W
2 Liverpool LIV Liverpool 6 3 0 3 9 7 +2 9 W L L W L
3 Napoli NAP Napoli 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2 9 L W D D W
4 Crvena Zvezda CZV Crvena Zvezda 6 1 1 4 5 17 -12 4 L L W L L

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The pair meet again in just under two weeks when Liverpool travel to Belgrade for the return fixture. Before then however, the Reds host Cardiff City in the Premier League – while their opponents face a trip to Macva Sabac.
A brace for Mo Salah and further goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino ensure that Liverpool secure a return to winning ways in the Champions League with a 4-0 demolition of Red Star Belgrade. The hosts barely gave their visitors room to breathe with an all-out attacking display guided by the efforts of Xherdan Shaqiri in midfield – and they have delivered an emphatic result to take them to the top of Group C. Full-time at Anfield, it finishes Liverpool 4 Red Star Belgrade 0.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL 4-0 RED STAR BELGRADE
90' + 3' Mane hits the side netting! It's not to be a brace for the forward as he slips through on the left and just pulls his shot wide of the mark, followed by a rueful grin.
90' Sturridge goes for goal from distance and though his shot looks to be sailing wide of the top-right corner, Borjan takes no chances. The effort draws a huge grin from Klopp on the touchline who chuckles at the ambitious attempt. Three added minutes are on the way.
M. Gobeljić
Yellow Card
88' Gobeljic gets a booking too for a reckless attempt on Wijnaldum. Red Star are truly out on their feet.
D. Jovančić
Yellow Card
86' Discipline has slipped for the visitors now and the yellow cards are coming thicker and faster. Jovancic is the latest after he clatters Firmino.
84' Moreno gets straight in on the act too, latching onto a ball from Lallana - but the linesman flags him for offside and Red Star are awarded the free-kick instead.
Alberto Moreno
A. Robertson
82' Robertson has put in a good shift for the hosts tonight and he now gets an early rest as Moreno replaces him in the final change of the game.
81' Lallana! Oh, a golden chance for Liverpool to have made it five there. The substitute cuts straight through the middle, racing onto a long throughball and comes up one-on-one with Borjan, only to put his shot straight into the keeper's waiting arms.
V. Simić
E. Ben Nabouhane
81' El Fardou Ben is the final Red Star man to depart with Simic on in his place.
S. Mané
Goal
80' BUT NOW MANE GETS HIS GOAL! 4-0! This has been a rout for Liverpool and it's a comedy goal to add the latest touch of gloss. Sturridge flicks a neat throughball on the angle in for the striker and he slips in trying to reach it - but his outstretched leg does enough to push it gently under Borjan's arms and in at the left post.
D. Sturridge
Assist
80' Sturridge took a neat pass from Wijnaldum out wide on the right to set that up and, once again, Liverpool's position play gives them the advantage. Red Star have not held their shape well tonight unfortunately.
78' Mane is rather perturbed by that miss and it shows as he loses possession, forcing Firmino to cover and concede a free-kick for a foul on Krsticic.
M. Borjan
Penalty Save
76' Borjan has made some cracking contributions to this game and his save to deny Mane might just top the lot. He dives left and keeps a hand up, pushing the ball onto the crossbar where it rebounds to the striker and he manages to stop the second crack too.
S. Mané
Penalty Miss
76' Mane steps up, strikes the ball - and misses! He can't smuggle the follow-up attempt in as Borjan denies him again at close-range too!
76' Another penalty to Liverpool! El Fardou Ben is deemed to have committed a handball in the box following the free-kick from Jovicic's foul and the referee points to the spot once again. With Salah off, Mane will take this one.
G. Čaušić
B. Jovičić
75' Jovicic's outburst is his last act too as Causic comes on to replace him for the visitors.
B. Jovičić
Yellow Card
74' Tempers flare on the touchline as Jovicic comes in on Robertson and is booked for the challenge. The Red Star man does not like that decision one bit and is lucky to not see a second straight away for dissent as the referee tells him to calm down.
D. Sturridge
Mohamed Salah
73' Liverpool also make their second change now with Sturridge onto replace Salah following the latter's brace.
73' A superb defensive run from Gomez sees him cut off a Red Star breakaway move spearheaded by Degenek on the left, as he slips around his opponent and forces him into conceding the ball.
70' Wijnaldum wins a free-kick out on the right wing now following a reckless challenge and Liverpool once more lean heavily on the increasingly frayed Red Star defence.
A. Lallana
X. Shaqiri
68' Shaqiri is the first Reds man to be replaced and he departs to a standing ovation as Lallana joins what has become a party at Anfield for the hosts.
67' Liverpool win themselves a corner now off Jovancic but the hosts can't keep the pressure up from the set-piece and Red Star are able to clear back to halfway.
D. Jovančić
L. Ebecilio
65' Red Star make their first change of the game now, with 25 minutes left on the clock as they bring on Jovancic to replace Ebecilio.
63' Firmino! The Brazilian almost gets his second after a waylaid pass falls nicely to him 22 yards out and he whips a shot in towards the left post that forces Borjan to go low and punch away.
62' Alexander-Arnold gets into a scrappy tussle with Gobeljic on the edge of the Red Star box and the former ultimately concedes the free-kick after they both tumble to the ground.
59' That penalty was Salah's 50th goal in all competitions for Liverpool; he has achieved the feat in 65 appearances, 12 less than the previous Reds record holder Albert Stubbins.
57' Shaqiri is going to get a second free-kick opportunity in as many minutes after the referee deemed El Fardou Ben to have conceded a handball in the defensive wall for the first set-piece. Now 20 yards out, he hits the wall again, but gets to loft in a follow-up that Borjan punches clear.
N. Krstičić
Yellow Card
55' Krsticic gets a booking for Red Star now after he leans in heavily on Shaqiri. The former Stoke City man will take the free-kick from 30 yards out on the right wing.
54' Alexander-Arnold! That was nearly one of the cheekiest chips ever from the young England international as he attempted to lift Fabinho's cross over Borjan, who just managed to get fingertips to it.
Mohamed Salah
Penalty Goal
51' SALAH MAKES IT 3-0! It's a lovely penalty; Salah shapes to go left and instead blasts it to the centre-right with an excellent strike. Again, his celebrations are muted – but around Anfield, the cheers ring true. Liverpool in total control of this tie.
F. Stojković
Yellow Card
50' Penalty to Liverpool! Mane goes down in the box following a foolish challenge from Stojkovic and though the referee looks set to let play continue, he gives it a moment later following a word from his assistant. Red Star can't believe it as the right-back is booked. Salah will take the spot-kick for the hosts.
48' Fabinho spies a chance from outside the box and goes for goal, following a lengthy spell of pressure – only to curl his shot considerably wide to the right.
46' We're back underway at Anfield for the second half; is there a twist in the tale for Red Star or have Liverpool got this one all wrapped up?
Jurgen Klopp will be very happy with his team's display so far, but Vladan Milojevic will have to decide whether it is worth the risk to throw caution to the wind and switch up his strategy for a more attacking option, if he hopes to salvage something for his side.
Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah ensure that Liverpool are in cruise control at the break against Red Star Belgrade and on course to keep up their push for a place in the next round of the Champions League. The hosts have been clinical and ruthless; the visitors, though plucky and sparky in starts, have mostly been on the back foot. Half-time at Anfield, it's Liverpool 2-0 Red Star Belgrade.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 2-0 RED STAR BELGRADE
Mohamed Salah
Goal
45' SALAH MAKES IT TWO! 2-0! It's a look of sheer relief on the face of the Liverpool striker as his fellow players crowd him to celebrate. Shaqiri picks out Wijnaldum's throughball on the right of the box and taps in for the Egyptian, who takes one look and slips it in at the near post past Borjan. The hosts have a proper hold on this encounter now.
X. Shaqiri
Assist
45' Shaqiri is making the most of his rare start tonight and has been wonderful for Liverpool, creating chances left, right and centre. It'll be a brave call to drop him for the weekend by Jurgen Klopp if he does.
43' Robertson! Mane and Firmino play the Scotland man into open space on the left side of the penalty area and he promptly catches it with a volley off the outside of his left foot that flies closer to the corner than the post.
42' Salah hooks the set-piece straight into the side netting and on the touchline, Klopp winces. It's not quite been there so far for Liverpool's arguable star man.
41' Jovicic slides in behind Fabinho 35 yards out from the Red Star goal and Liverpool have a free-kick. Shaqiri pokes it over the defensive wall, and sparks some confusion; a play or two later, Salah wins a corner off Babic.
40' Fabulous leap by Borjan! Shaqiri turns a monster cross in off the left wing seeking Salah but the keeper performs some stunning acrobatics to wrestle it out of the sky.
38' Shaqiri cracks an effort towards goal from outside the box following an Alexander-Arnold pass; he puts it straight to the keeper however who is left untroubled by the shot.
36' Red Star repeat that Liverpool attack almost play-for-play a moment later, only this time it is Babic who is pushed out under pressure and forced to fire above the goal.
35' Robertson, fed by a short Firmino pass, looks to squeeze a tight shot into the far top corner as he skirts around the left edge of the box, only to haul it over the crossbar by some distance.
32' Outrageous play from the hosts as Wijnaldum plays short to Mane outside the box whose brisk tap finds Salah once more. Borjan gets in the way and catches his shot but the linesman belatedly signals for offside to stop any chance of a follow-up.
30' Ebecilio comes in on Fabino with a reckless challenge and Liverpool pick up another free-kick just shy of the halfway line.
29' Salah wins a free-kick in his own half following a cynical foul, but Liverpool are stymied in their attempts to take it quickly by the referee, allowing the disorganised Red Star ranks time to regroup.
26' Another, better chance now for Liverpool as Mane reaches the edge of the box and plays wide to Robertson who lofts back in for Salah. The Egypt striker can't reach it with his diving header though, despite throwing himself at the pass floating in front of him with a near-feral ferocity.
25' The hosts are playing with a breathless self-assurance, even when their gambits don't pay off. Mane flies off down the left wing and hooks back a pass for Salah in the box; the latter's attempted one-touch volley off the outside of his boot doesn't quite come off but it still leaves the Red Star defence scrambling.
24' Red Star look to counter with an attack of their own from the restart and Gobeljic whips a low, hanging cross in towards the penalty spot in the Liverpool box seeking Boakye. Gomez gets in the way and heads clear deftly, before the Reds break themselves through the middle.
22' Firmino has now been involved in 19 Champions League goals since the start of last season, scoring 12; more than any other player in the competition.
A. Robertson
Assist
20' Robertson read that pass from Shaqiri well and did an impressive job in managing to zip around Stojkovic to beat him to it. It's a deserving lead for Liverpool.
Roberto Firmino
Goal
20' FIRMINO FOR LIVERPOOL! 1-0! It's another Champions League goal for the Reds star, following a lovely piece of build-up play. Shaqiri slots a throughball down the left flank, onto which Robertson latches, before the Scotland man plays a perfect cut-back to his striker. The Brazilian has time to spare, chooses his shot and places it neatly into the centre of the net. Excellent stuff from the hosts.
17' Stojkovic wins the visitors a corner now however after a little tussle on the right with Robertson. Th set-piece is swung in and Babic comes racing onto it; his volley flies somewhere into the stand behind though from eight yards out for a disappointing finish.
15' Liverpool are clearly buoyed by the big occasion of a home crowd in a European fixture; they're peppering the opposition's defence with long, booming passes for Salah to chase. Red Star are looking a little uneasy.
13' There's a bit of a prolonged stoppage now too for Borjan to receive treatment after he took a knock to the head in the act of halting Salah's attack, though the goalkeeper is thankfully alright to continue.
11' Stop by Borjan! Salah breaks almost immediately back into the Red Star penalty area and the keeper races off his line to meet him and smother the ball as the Egypt international tries to dink around him.
10' A cock-up in attack from Liverpool! Salah plays Firmino round to the right of the Red Star box where Alexander-Arnold gets in the way – and then the defender obstructs his striker's shot too to boot. A lack of communication there for the hosts and an escape for the visitors. 
8' The hosts are caught offside again only a moment later, with Van Dijk the supplier whose pass sees Salah draw the linesman's call.
7' Now it is Liverpool's turn to be caught offside as Salah is flagged chasing down Mane's pass through centre-field.
5' Red Star do win a subsequent free-kick out on that right edge though following a foul by Robertson and Ebecilio swings it into the box. Alexander-Arnold is there to meet it with a defensive header though and the hosts clear easily enough.
3' It's the visitors who offer the first attacking chance, with Stojkovic coasting down the right wing; his throughball to Boakye however catches the latter offside and Liverpool are awarded the free-kick.
1' Red Star kick us off and we are underway in this 2018-19 Champions League Group C clash!
The teams are out at Anfield for the Champions League anthem and we're moments away from kick-off.
Klopp's side have however lost three of their last four Champions League games, as many defeats as they suffered combined across their previous 17 games in the competition.
Excluding qualifiers, Liverpool are unbeaten in each of their last 16 home games in major European competitions, scoring an impressive 39 goals in that time.
Subs: Nikola Stojiljkovic, Veljko Simic, Goran Causic, Dusan Jovancic, Zoran Popovic, Vujadin Savic, Milan Pavkov.
RED STAR BELGRADE (4-2-3-1): Milan Borjan; Filip Stojkovic, Srdjan Babic, Milos Degenek, Marko Gobeljic; Nenad Krsticic, Branko Jovicic; Slavoljub Srnic, Lorenzo Ebecilio, El Fardou Ben; Richmond Boakye.
Subs: Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Team news now and Liverpool make five swaps to the side who scraped out a win against Huddersfield in the Premier League, with Sadio Mane returning following surgery on his hand and starts for off-season arrivals Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. Red Star meanwhile make five changes themselves to the side who lost against PSG – but goalscorer Marko Marin is conspicuously absent.
Vladan Milojevic's side are not to be written off though; they know how to grit out results, having played out a scoreless encounter with Napoli in their opening game, though they were then crushed 6-1 by PSG. They also hold the head-to-head advantage against their opponents historically; they won both previous encounters in the last 16 of the 1973-74 European Cup.
The hosts won a 3-2 thriller against Paris Saint-Germain in their first match of the current European campaign before slumping to a loss against Napoli. Can Jurgen Klopp's men seal a return to winning ways in Europe against the only side in their group yet to register a win?
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018-19 Champions League as last season's beaten finalists Liverpool host Serbia's Red Star Belgrade in a Group C clash at Anfield.