Red Star Belgrade coach Vladan Milojevic was thoroughly delighted after his side recorded an unexpected 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday evening.
A damaging loss sealed Liverpool’s worst away run in Europe’s elite club competition in 39 years and made qualifying from Group C that bit harder.
Two first-half strikes from Milan Pavkov, a 24-year-old scoring his first European goals in only his 11th appearance, were enough to beat the off-colour Reds.
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.
While Reds counterpart Jurgen Klopp was left to lick his wounds, reacting here to Daniel Sturridge’s crucial miss, Milojevic was, understandably, delighted with the performance – the first Champions League group stage win for a Serbian side.
“It was a great match for us,” he said.
“We are dedicating this game to our supporters because they were phenomenal. The whole country lived for this.
“We won against a big club and this is a first win in the Champions League for any club in this country and this is why this generation can become equal to earlier generations and enter history.”
Fancy news and features on the Reds on your Facebook timeline? Like our dedicated Liverpool page.