Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

James Milner rues missed chances after loss to Red Star

James Milner rues missed chances after loss to Red Star

The less said about the Reds' 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League the better as Jurgen Klopp's side's chances of progressing to the knockout stage of the competition now hang in the balance.

The English club have now lost both of their away games in the group stage, having been beaten 1-0 at Napoli last month. "He needs two proper sessions for his fitness, which he will get at Melwood", Klopp said.

"We had the first big chance - Daniel with a very big one".

He noted his ties to Partizan Belgrade, arguing that he simply liked the picture of Serbian flags rather than show support for his old side's rivals Red Star.

Liverpool still have Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain to play and must now do it the hard way to finish in the top two.

A poor performance against Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League resulted in many counting on what went wrong for Liverpool. They remain unbeaten in the Premier League but have rarely reached the heights that made them so scintillating to watch last term.

'We need to win our games, it's on our shoulders, we have some good sides to play and it's in our hands but we will have to play better than we did tonight.

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And Red Star doubled their lead just seven minutes later when Pavkov bagged his second with a superb strike from 25 yards out which Alisson may feel he could have done better with.

Liverpool had the briefest of openings, but, uncharacteristically, Adam Lallana's first touch let him down as he tried to control Salah's square pass inside the penalty area.

Last season Liverpool defied expectation by getting to the final of the Champions League, only to lose following Loris Karius' infamous display and Gareth Bale's incredible first goal. They scored a goal and then completely out of the blue they scored a second and the atmosphere completely changed. The Reds remain with their Champions League fate in their own hands, now in second place.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the German tactician said, "We will take pretty much everyone".

"As players we've got to take full responsibility and make sure it doesn't happen again", Lallana told LFCTV.

"The front three still aren't firing on all cylinders but they're still a handful, especially Sadio Mane".

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