Adam Lallana says Liverpool players to blame for Champions League loss
‘It wasn’t like us, we need to move on’: Adam Lallana says players have to take responsibility after defeat at Red Star leaves Liverpool’s Champions League hopes in the balance
- Liverpool lost 2-0 to Red Star Belgrade in a shock defeat in Serbia
- The Reds sit second in their Champions League group behind Napoli
- Jurgen Klopp’s side face Paris Saint-Germain in the next matchday in Paris
- Liverpool have won just three of their last nine matches in all competitions
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits the players have to take responsibility for the Champions League predicament they now find themselves in.
A 2-0 defeat by Red Star Belgrade leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side needing a victory against either Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital in three weeks or Napoli at home in their final group game.
The defeat by Red Star was Adam Lallana’s first Champions League start of the season
But it didn’t end well for the England midfielder and his Reds team-mates in Serbia
Lallana, still edging his way back to full match sharpness after a period out with injury, accepts it is time for the players to step up.
‘As players we’ve got to take take full responsibility and make sure it doesn’t happen again,’ he told LFCTV.
‘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.
‘(It’s going to be) very tough. That’s the Champions League – there are no teams that enter this competition that give you wins.
The Reds will be hoping to avoid a nail-biting Anfield finale which would require them to beat Napoli by two goals to overturn their head-to-head record.
Lallana said: ‘It wasn’t like us and we need to move on and improve if we’re going to go through to the knockouts.
Milan Pavkov (top) scored both Red Star goals to send Liverpool home empty-handed
Liverpool conceded both goals in the first 30 minutes of the match and struggled to recover
‘Of course there’ll be a reaction. It’s not the first time we’ve lost games, it’s about how you react and bounce back, but we’re thoroughly disappointed to come away (from Belgrade) with nothing.’
Klopp spoke of his side losing their mojo against Red Star but stressed he did not view it as a long-term issue.
However, his side have won just three of their last nine matches – against Red Star, Cardiff and Huddersfield – and it has been generally acknowledged they have failed to hit the heights of last season.
Liverpool face PSG in the next Champions League matchday in Paris on November 28
They conceded a goal from a corner and another from a loss of possession and a quick counter-attack against Red Star, both uncharacteristic for the way the team have been performing. Milan Pavkov claimed a double for the hosts.
‘It was a slow start all round really and we gave them far too many opportunities, especially from set-pieces,’ added Lallana.
‘We had chances but we weren’t ruthless enough, weren’t patient enough. It’s not like us.
‘It’s on us to take responsibility and we need to bounce back in the next two games.’
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