Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of Liverpool's squad for Tuesday's Champions League match at Red Star Belgrade because of the reception that might await him after his World Cup goal celebration against Serbia.
"I didn't want to have the discussion we are having now before the game".
"Then more or less straight away they score the second one and then the atmosphere was completely different, you could feel it".
The defeat represents a major blow to Jurgen Klopp's side, as most defeats do in fairness, who may now require maximum points from their final two group games to get through to the Champions League knockout stages.
"You can't give teams that start", Liverpool midfielder James Milner said.
"We have to cool the situation down because [we] can not clarify that situation tonight - and it's not our job".
Before that, though, Liverpool will be confident of getting back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon, when they host Fulham, who now occupy bottom spot in the Premier League table.
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The Champions League match between Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade will be broadcast live on TNT.
But the introduction of Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez did little to galvanise the Reds and Red Star held on to claim a famous victory.
Much is being made of the intimidating atmosphere that awaits Liverpool's players inside the Rajko Mitic Stadium but defender Andy Robertson has urged his team-mates to lean on their experiences away from home past year.
Klopp did not take the decision to leave Shaqiri on Merseyside lightly.
Red Star, who are playing in the competition's present format for the first time since they won the European Cup in 1991, also have four points after a spirited performance.
The 27-year-old forward, whose parents are Kosovar-Albanian, was born in the former Yugoslav city of Gjilan which is now part of Kosovo, a state Serbia still refuses to recognise despite its declaration of independence in 2008.