Jurgen Klopp issues Champions League warning to his Liverpool FC stars

Jurgen Klopp issues Champions League warning to his Liverpool FC stars

A 2-0 defeat in the Serbian capital on Tuesday means Liverpool need a win at Paris St Germain or at home against Napoli to progress to the last-16 of the Champions League.

"It's still in our hands: if we win our next two games we go through, but that was a great opportunity missed for us".

All is far from lost. We had moments, we had kind of nearly-chances, the biggest in the last two three minutes and before that not enough.

However, losing to what should have been the whipping boys of the group has made their task a much harder one.

The midfield three of James Milner, Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum failed to make a single successful tackle between them at Rajko Mitić Stadium, via The Liverpool Echo.

Speaking of the Switzerland international's situation, the manager said, "We have heard and read the speculation and talk about what kind of reception Shaq would receive and although we have no idea what would happen, we want to go there and be focused 100 per cent on football and not have to think about anything else, that's all".

The second half was little better for Liverpool and it took until the 70th minute before they were able to truly test Red Star's keeper, Milan Borjan.

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I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits. In football the most important is always the next game.

"We gave them too many set-pieces".

That leaves six teams who were dumped out of the Champions League group stages and went on to finish the Premier League in a lower position than the previous year, a rate of 60%.

"If we take those chances tonight the game looks a lot different".

Daniel Sturridge, who started up front for Liverpool in place of Roberto Firmino, sidefooted over the bar from close range in the first half and Mohamed Salah saw his shot strike the post after halftime. Each goal in a game like this leads the game in a specific direction.

Over £160 million ($210.5 million, Sh21 billion) was spent on new recruits, but only goalkeeper Alisson Becker has become a first-team regular as midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have largely been left on the sidelines. However, Liverpool fans are becoming more anxious by a drop in intensity and urgency from the players.

At the beginning of the season when discussing Liverpool's prospects of mounting a successful domestic title challenge, Gary Neville pointed to the benefits that an early exit from Europe would have for a squad with such a high-intensity playing style.

The first real scare for Napoli came on 23 minutes.

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