Jurgen Klopp issues Champions League warning to his Liverpool FC stars

Ross Houston
November 8, 2018

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.

Firmino also praised manager Klopp for helping to develop his game.

Klopp declared the result was a one off and insisted his team had nothing to worry about, despite Liverpool losing three straight Champions League away games for the first time in the club's history.

A deflected Andy Robertson cross struck the Red Star crossbar in the second period while Mohamed Salah struck the post with a shot from the edge of the box. "We have experienced players who know how to deal with any type of criticism". That can't be possible every single game.

Liverpool's start to the Premier League season has been a different story.

"The second half was really dominant but we didn't score".

"I believe we can repeat this against Napoli".

But Liverpool should have been in front in the 17th minute when the ball ran kindly for Daniel Sturridge inside the six-yard box, but the England global somehow managed to blaze over the bar when completely unmarked.

"We can perform a lot better than the two [away] games we've had, they've been off days and we need to look at that, of course we do". I don't think that's anything to do with [playing] away or home, it just happened.

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The humiliating defeat to the Champions League minnows leaves Liverpool's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages in tatters. The boys are very disappointed, I'm disappointed and we have to do better.

Liverpool's trip to the Parc des Princes on 28 November has assumed greater importance for both teams after this week's results.

Left-back Andy Robertson, playing nearly as an out-and-out winger after the break, saw a cross deflected on to the top of the crossbar, while Salah finally forced a save out of Milan Borjan, hitting a post with his next effort. "It's a tight group and it'll go right to the wire", the left-back said.

Liverpool made it all the way to the Champions League final last season, but this season they are going to have to put it together to just get out of the group stage. This season we've found that a bit hard.

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