Liverpool news: Sky Sports pundit reveals key to beating Red Star Belgrade


 That’s the view of Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, who has predicted the Reds to win 2-0 tonight  Liverpool travel to Belgrade for their fourth match of the Champions League (5.55pm) having won two and lost one so far  Their defeat came in their only away game so far, losing 1-0 at Napoli last month  Liverpool’s last Champions League game saw them beat Red Star Belgrade 4-0 thanks to a brace from Mohamed Salah and strikes from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane  Xherdan Shaqiri shone in that match too however will not play in the away game due to potential distractions as he is an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo  And Nicholas believes it’s a good decision not to play the 27-year-old with Liverpool set for a tough test  “This is a volatile situation so not taking Xherdan Shaqiri they’re trying to diffuse the situation,” Nicholas told Sky Sports  “The front three still aren’t firing on all cylinders but they’re still a handful, especially Sadio Mane  “These games are always tough to start off with and Red Star Belgrade will give Liverpool plenty to deal with in the opening stages but once they get over that then they’ve got the skill to get a couple of goals ” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken about the decision to omit Shaqiri from the squad  “The only thing that I can say about it was that it was common sense,” he said. “We come here wanting to play football We need to cool the situation down. “We are in Serbia, we respect that 100 per cent That’s the world, how it is. Politics always has always influence on life, on the life I live at least, and that’s how it is  “But we are not here for that, we are here to play football. We tried to make sure we can be focused on football  “It could have been a story but we didn’t want to have a story besides a football story That’s why we decided what we decided.”

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