Wednesday , May 12 2021

Jurgen Klopp on the one thing Liverpool need to save the Champions League hopes



Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool need Anfield to be rocking for their all or nothing Champions League showdown with Napoli.

The Reds must win either 1-0 or two clear goals against the Serie A outfit on December 11 to secure a place in knockout stages after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

"We need Anfield again and we need to create an atmosphere that is very special. We know that, "Clopp said.

"But Napoli are a really strong side. It's in 12 or 13 days and we have a few other games before that. If we go through we deserve it, and if not then we do not.

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"We are not afraid of that, and I believe you get what you deserve. That's it. We have to try everything. "

Clopp cut an agitated figure after Liverpool suffered a fourth successive away European defeat.

They left behind with a mountain to climb after Juan Bernat and Neymar fired PSG into a 2-0 lead during the one-sided first half.

James Milner's penalty was halved, but there was no way back with the manager left to rue his side's decision-making.

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"It's not good, of course, it was a great game for us," Clopp said.

"I was afraid that the start would be like it was, when I saw the line-up, the approach they chose was full risk, especially at the beginning.

"They were very intense to deal with. Alisson had two saves then they had the first goal. The second one was a counter-attack and the second ball, this is a massive threat. The speed they have is not easy to defend.

"I always felt this game was still open and if we score one we are in the game again. We did that in the 45th minute after someone, I did not know exactly who, had to convince the referee (it was a penalty)!

James Milner scores from the penalty spot and celebrates during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool
James Milner scores from the penalty spot and celebrates during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool

"There were a lot of spaces that we saw from outside, but the boys did not see clearly on the pitch.

"We showed them at half-time and they responded well, they closed the last line in the center, which was unbelievably open in the first half. That's football, eh? Use the chance when you have it.

"Still we were in the game, we chased it with a lot of passion, but Paris was very passionate as well.

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"We had two, three or four chances where we have to do much better with the decision. Robbo (Andy Robertson) in the box, fantastic play and he hits the first player.

"There were little moments where with one quick decision we could have done better. That's why we lost, they scored two and we scored one and in these moments our decision-making was not good enough. "


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