Despite their comfortable 4-0 win in the reverse fixture, Al Hain-Cole thinks Klopp’s men may struggle at a ground that has seen few goals in Europe
Liverpool can take an important step towards the knockout stages when they take on Red Star Belgrade at the Stadion Rajko Mitic in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are top of Group C with six points from three matches, but face difficult matches against PSG and Napoli after the trip to Serbia.
Having run out comfortable 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Anfield two weeks ago, they 1/6 (1.17) favourites with bet365 to put themselves in a strong position to qualify with another victory here.
Red Star were 2-1 winners when the sides met at this ground in the 1973 European Cup, but are priced at a lengthy 12/1 (13.00) to come out on top on this occasion.
The hosts played out a 0-0 draw with Napoli in their opening home match in this competition, and you can get odds of 13/2 (7.50) on them earning a share of the spoils once again here.
Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita remain doubts after missing the last three fixtures with hamstring injuries, whilst Xherdan Shaqiri has not travelled.
Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan missed Saturday’s victory over Proleter due to a minor injury, but should be in line to return here.
Resolute Red Star
Although widely expected to take maximum points, the Reds should not be taking anything for granted considering Napoli’s frustrating stalemate in Belgrade on Matchday 1.
Vladan Milojevic’s team have actually proved a tough nut to crack on home turf throughout this season’s European campaign, conceding just a single goal in five matches including qualifiers.
Having scored just three times in their last four fixtures on the road, Liverpool are certainly unlikely to have things quite so easy as they did at Anfield a fortnight ago.
In fact, odds of 6/4 (2.50) could prove a smart investment on Red Star keeping the scoreline to under 2.5 goals in a resolute defensive performance.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.