Liverpool lose their mojo to make Champions League last 16 a struggle

Liverpool lose their mojo to make Champions League last 16 a struggle

Liverpool didn't manage a single shot on target in losing 1-0 at Napoli last month and were also opened up in a 4-2 defeat to Roma in the second leg of last season's semi-final, progressing only thanks to a 5-2 first leg win.

Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday night. It is too early to say how it is.

"All over the field, we didn't win the ball back well enough and the passing wasn't good enough. We will talk about that but tonight we can't change it".

Klopp cannot quite put his finger on what it is which is affecting his side, but admits had they taken the relatively simple opportunity which dropped to Daniel Sturridge - starting in place of Roberto Firmino - in the 17th minute the outcome could have been so different.

"Look, I'm a human being and if I would be, 10 minutes after the game, here and have a big speech then I would think I'm a bit silly".

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

"We need to make sure it will not happen again, otherwise it will be hard because the next game is an away game again and the last one is a very hard home game against Napoli", added Klopp.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Nicholas said: "This is a volatile situation so not taking Xherdan Shaqiri they're trying to diffuse the situation". They gave everything. For us it was not clicking, it was not easy.

Liverpool were stunned by a first-half brace from Milan Pavkov and could not find a way back into the game despite having the majority of the possession.

This season Jurgen Klopp's side's priority is the Premier League, where they've started brilliantly, but they still have designs on trying to better their surprising run from last season. "And then we have Lallana with a superb knee doing that s*** in an away CL game".

"I have heard so many wonderful things about the city of Belgrade, and the country of Serbia as a whole, from friends and colleagues who've visited before, so now I'm really looking forward to taking Liverpool there for a great game of Champions League football".

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