Liverpool fans shocked after James Milner chooses blue for coin toss
‘Bill Shankly would have sold him for that!’: Liverpool fans up in arms after captain James Milner chooses blue side of coin for toss before Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade
- Liverpool captain James Milner made strange decision before Red Star game
- At the coin toss, Milner chose the blue of Everton rather than the red of Liverpool
- Reds fans, with tongues in cheek, blamed this for the shock 2-0 defeat
Liverpool on Wednesday were conducting an inquest into their shock Champions League defeat in Belgrade – and some fans think they know where it started to go wrong.
The Reds were stunned 2-0 by Red Star on Tuesday to leave their progression to the knock-out stages hanging in the balance.
They even lost the coin toss before the match, after skipper James Milner made a decision which was questioned by a number of supporters.
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Liverpool captain James Milner made a questionable decision before the Red Star game
At the coin toss, Milner was heard choosing the blue of Everton rather than the red of Liverpool
Milner, stand-in captain for the injured Jordan Henderson, was asked by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz to pick heads or tails – or, in this case, red or blue, the colours on the two sides of the coin.
The midfielder was overheard on the TV cameras asking for blue – the colours of Liverpool’s deadly rivals Everton.
Fans – with tongues firmly in cheek – were quick to jump on this seeming betrayal of the famous red of Liverpool:
What made it worse is that the coin fell red on Lahoz’s palm, giving Red Star captain Vujadin Savic the choice of kick-off.
Whether it handed momentum to the Serbians or not, the home side pushed on from there and were 2-0 up at half time against an unusually flat and unimpressive Liverpool display.
A double from Milan Pavkov proved enough for Red Star to pick up their first win of the pool stage and leave Group C in the balance.
Napoli and Liverpool each have six points, PSG five and Red Star four with two games to go, in what is the tightest group in the Champions League this season.
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