Liverpool to train at Red Star rivals ahead of Champions League clash – sources

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Partizan Belgrade will allow Liverpool to use their training facilities on the day of their Champions League game at fierce rivals Red Star Belgrade, Partizan sources have told ESPN FC.

Liverpool will undergo a light training session at the Partizan-Teleoptik complex, also known as Zemunelo, on the morning of Nov. 6.

It is common practice under Jurgen Klopp for the players to train at a low intensity on the mornings of night matches.

The rivalry between Partizan and Red Star in Serbia, with meetings between the two sides known as the “Eternal derby,” is one of the fiercest in Europe.

Next week’s match will be Liverpool’s first visit to Red Star since 1973, when Bill Shankly’s side travelled for a European Cup second-round tie.

Red Star are back in the group stages of the Champions League after a 26-year absence, with all three of their Group C home matches selling out in three hours. 

The Serbian champions were not allowed to sell tickets for their games at Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool after being given a two-game ban over fan-related incidents during their playoff with FC Salzburg.

A number of Red Star fans could be heard inside Anfield for last week’s 4-0 defeat, but UEFA said the club would not face any further punishment.

“No case will be opened in these regards, as FK Crvena Zvezda [Red Star] has respected the ban from selling tickets to its supporters,” a UEFA spokesperson told ESPN FC.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have advised their 2,000 supporters travelling to Belgrade not to wear anything identifying them as fans of the club.

They have told fans not to make their own way to the Rajko Mitic Stadium because of “risks to their personal safety” but use specially provided shuttle buses instead.