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Liverpool Players Have To Take Responsibility For Red Star Defeat - Adam Lallana

Liverpool Players Have To Take Responsibility For Red Star Defeat - Adam Lallana

Jürgen Klopp accused Liverpool of making life too easy for Red Star Belgrade and warned his players that they must raise their standards to avoid missing out on the Champions League knockout stage.

Milan Pavkov scored twice in seven first-half minutes to hand Red Star their first Champions League victory in 26 years.

But after the second goal they could smell it.

Klopp also described Red Star's line-up as "the most offensive" he had seen from them in Europe this season and attack is exactly what they did. We had the moments.

"We have to make sure in Paris that we do better".

"I think it's one of those periods we need to get through", the Scotsman said.

None of Liverpool's starting midfielders - James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana - won a tackle in the game.

It would prove to be the visitors' best opportunity.

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

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As it turned out, Liverpool soon found themselves with a mountain to climb.

"It was a great match for us", he said. They scored with a header after the corner and the second goal was out of the blue. That is not cool in a game like this, in an atmosphere like this, in a situation like this. "It was a blow, of course".

It was no more than Red Star deserved after the opening 20 minutes.

"They had an opportunity, being a point clear, to get three [more] tonight and ease the pressure".

Still, though, it has not been enough to make them the standout team of the campaign so far and Klopp feels Manchester City's relentless desire to retain the championship has distorted the picture.

"We were not surprised [by their approach]".

Writing on his Twitter account, Ahmeti argued; "Shaqiri should have been in Belgrade tonight and we should never treat fascism with fear and respect!"

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "The boys are very disappointed, I'm very disappointed and we have to do better".

"They have to show more than they have so far".

The Serbian striker sent the home fans into raptures just six minutes later, when Liverpool lost possession and Pavkov was allowed to run with the ball before unleashing a powerful shot from distance to make it 2-0 at half-time.