Liverpool Stars Must Take Blame For Euro Slump – Lallana

Liverpool’s English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) vies for the ball with Red Star Belgrade’s Australian defender Milos Degenek during the UEFA Champions League Group C second-leg football match between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool FC at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade on November 6, 2018. Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP

 

Adam Lallana admits Liverpool’s players must take the blame for their Champions League woes after their shock defeat by Red Star Belgrade.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have squandered a comfortable position in Group C after losing two of their last three matches.

Their 2-0 loss at Red Star on Tuesday was a major blow given they had already lost to Napoli earlier in the campaign.

The Reds face Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital and Napoli at home in their final group game, with their progress to the last 16 suddenly uncertain.

A loss to French champions PSG would leave them facing a nail-biting shoot-out with Napoli and Liverpool midfielder Lallana knows his team have no excuses for their predicament.

Lallana, still edging his way back to full match sharpness after a period out with injury, knows it is time to step up for the team that finished as Champions League runners-up last season.

“As players, we’ve got to take full responsibility and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Lallana 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.

“It wasn’t like us and we need to move on and improve if we’re going to go through to the knockouts.

“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.”

Liverpool have won just three of their last nine matches, against Red Star, Cardiff and Huddersfield.

They conceded a goal from a corner and another from a loss of possession and quick counter-attack against Red Star.

“It was a slow start all round really and we gave them far too many opportunities, especially from set-pieces,” Lallana said.

“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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Liverpool Retain League Unbeaten Home Record

Liverpool, Stoke City, LeagueLiverpool have maintained their unbeaten home record with a convincing 4-1 victory over Stoke City.

They also closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to six points and moved to second on the league table on Tuesday night at the Anfield Stadium.

Following a disjointed start, Jon Walters headed home at his near post to give Stoke an early lead.

However, the Reds responded positively with Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino scoring to secure the lead over their visitors before the end of the first half.

Giannelli Imbula subsequently directed Divock Origi’s cross into his own net just as Daniel Sturridge netted the fourth with his first league goal of the season.

Klopp, Son Named Manager, Player Of The Month

Jurgen Klopp,Heung-Min Son, Liverpool, TottenhamLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named Premier League manager of the month.

The 49-year-old becomes the first German winner of the award after three straight wins over Leicester City, Chelsea and Hull, scoring 11 goals in the process.

He beat off competition from Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, Crystal Palace Manager, Alan Pardew, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger to secure the award.

Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son was also named Premier League player of the month.

The 24-year-old becomes the first Asian player to claim the prize after scoring four goals and adding two assists in four matches.

Romelu Lukaku, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana and Kevin De bruyne were the other contenders for the award.

Europa League: Liverpool Will Take This Opportunity – Jurgen Klopp

LiverpoolLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has promised that Liverpool will give everything to lift the Europa League trophy.

This came after the Reds booked a place in the final with a 3-0 victory over Villarreal at Anfield.

A Bruno Soriano own goal in the seventh minute was followed by Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana strikes in the second half, which overturned a deficit from the first leg in Spain.

The Reds therefore progress to a meeting with Sevilla in Basel on May 18 – and deservedly so according to Klopp, who was delighted with his team’s display.

During his post-match press conference, Kloop was full of praises for his players admitting excitedly that their performance surpassed his expectations on the night.

“The problem is I’m not a native speaker so I don’t have the right words for this performance. It was nice to watch and nice to be part of it; the whole performance, not from the first, second (but) from 6.45pm when we drove through the road again. It’s nice.

“The first half-hour… what power! The will was obvious, I would say. Then for 15 minutes we lost a little bit of patience, that’s normal. We tried (to be) a little bit different and it made not too much sense. In the second half, (it was) back to the plan – still very emotional plus very smart, wonderful goals, well deserved.”

Kloop also had good words for striker Daniel Sturridge, who he admitted had a great game but mainly because he had a great team to play with, maintaining that the entire team was outstanding.

The 2016 Europa League final is Liverpool’s first European final since 2007 and Kloop considers this a great feat considering how the season has been for the club and particularly how difficult the Europa League started for them.

“When I came here, the tournament didn’t sound too nice for the people – three draws or something like that. It was a difficult group I thought and we came through with a nice game in Russia. That was good. We felt really comfortable in this tournament…

“I think, especially in 2016, the team has showed a lot of times what they are capable of and what they could be capable of in the future. That’s a really good sign. That’s more important for me as a manager.

“But then when you perform in the right moments like we did tonight, or against Dortmund or against United or Augsburg then you want to have more. That’s what we try now.

“Europe is big and a lot of teams want to go to finals, it’s not too easy. Now we are there. It’s a great opportunity and we will take it as an opportunity,” he said.

He admitted, however, that while outstanding performances are required, the club would also need some luck to win the title.

Incredible Comeback: Liverpool Score Four To Sink Dortmund In Europa

LiverpoolLiverpool have qualified for the Europa League semi-finals with a dramatic fight back to defeat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 at Anfield.

Goals from Origi, Coutinho, Sakho and Lovren helped Klopp triumph in the dying minutes of the game against his former club on Thursday night.

Two quick goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the fifth minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the ninth minute half had left Liverpool shocked and on the verge of exit without a fight.

Pressure mounted for the fans as the setback was followed by series of missed chances that left the Anfield faithful frustrated.

The second half started well for Liverpool and the early pressure paid off in the 48th minute through Origi but just when Liverpool thought they were launching a comeback, Marco Reus silenced the home fans with a lovely finish, which left Klopp visibly furious.

Two goals down and three away goals already for Dortmund with less than 30 minutes to play, Liverpool needed three goals without conceding any more goals to win on aggregate, having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Germany.

LiverpoolThey made it 3-4 on aggregate in the 66th minute after James Milner played a one-two with Coutinho on the edge of the box, with the Brazilian star guiding home a great strike.

The Brazilian turned the provider of the equalizer in the 77th minutes as he whipped a corner in from the left-hand side with Sturridge managing to do enough to let the ball run past him at the near post!

Former PSG centre-back, Mamadou Sakho was quickest to react and turned home a close-range finish to make it 4-4 on aggregate.

Anfield went wild and they could only pray a complete miracle. One more goal and Liverpool would be in the semis. Both coaches made changes to make the best of the final minutes of the game.

There were four minutes of stoppage time and the pressure got to Schmelzer who picked up a yellow card for petulance, with Dortmund’s tempers flaring after a free-kick was awarded to Liverpool.

The Reds, however, maintained focus and the free-kick was taken short by Milner to Sturridge, with the latter then feeding the former to the right byline. He hung up a lovely cross, with Lovren rising highest at the back post to guide home a thumping header.

It was the 91st minutes and Liverpool had done the unthinkable; fighting back from being 1-3 down to defeat Dortmund 4-3 and qualifying for the semi-final 5-4 on aggregate.

This could go down as one of the greatest nights in Europa League history.

Europa League: Liverpool Defeat Man-U As Tottenham Lose

Europa LeagueThursday night ended in disappointment for two English teams, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United playing away in the Europa League.

Manchester United lost to Liverpool 2-0  at Anfield in their first meeting in Europe with goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino.

The hosts made the breakthrough in the first half when Daniel Sturridge beat David De Gea from the penalty spot after Nathaniel Clyne was brought down by Memphis Depay.

Liverpool midfielders Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho wasted great opportunities to double the home side’s lead before half-time.

However, Roberto Firmino handed the Reds a commanding 2-0 first-leg lead at Anfield after a close-range finish with 17 minutes remaining of the first leg.

Tottenham were shocked by in-form Borrusia Dortmund 3-0 in Germany.

Manchester United and Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Germans a first-half lead. Marco Reus hit two after the break to make the Germans the favourites to clinch a place in the quarter-finals in second leg.

In other Europa League round of 16 first leg matches played on Thursday night, Swiss Side Basel played a goalless draw with Spanish club Sevilla while Turkish giants Fenerbache beat Portugal’s Sporting Braga 1-0.

Ukrainian power house Shakhtar Donetsk beat Anderlecht of Belgium 3-1 and Athletic Bilbao beat Valencia 1-0 in an all-Spanish encounter,

Sparta Prague played a 1-1 draw with Ogenyi Onazi’s Lazio while Villareal beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 at the Estadio El Madrigal.

Liverpool Are Getting Rhythm Back – Lallana

LiverpoolAdam Lallana says Liverpool were disappointed not to have turned a dominant display against Arsenal into three points, but believes Martin Skrtel’s 97th-minute equaliser could prove a defining moment in their season.

Liverpool came back with a Skrtel header deep into stoppage time to earn a well deserved 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.

Lallana told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m thoroughly disappointed we didn’t take all three points, but there was a good feeling about the whole atmosphere and the performance today – and it’s been like that for the last few games.

“We feel we’re turning a corner and getting a little bit of rhythm into our game. That goal was huge for us at the end because we would have been thoroughly disappointed with losing, but it was a point, a good performance and we move on.”

He spoke further; “Although we didn’t get the result, we picked up a vital point by getting a goal in the last minute and when we meet up again for training (on Monday) there won’t be that bitter disappointment at not putting in a good performance.

“We know we’ve played well, so there are encouraging signs and we’ll hopefully take that into the Burnley game.”

Liverpool at many times during the match, laid siege to Wojciech Szczesny’s goal, always threatening to score with the 3-4-3 formation believed to be helping them discover their attacking rhythm.

“We’ve found a system that the gaffer has changed and got us playing and I think it’s working,” said Lallana. “We’ve been creating a lot more chances, in the United game, Bournemouth game and today.

“We’re disappointed at conceding the first goal on the stroke of half-time. It probably gave Arsenal a little bit of momentum that could have been avoidable. But there was great character shown by the lads to keep pushing and get the vital goal at the end.”

The 26-year-old Lallana had a third successive start in the match, and turned in a good attacking display in supporting Raheem Sterling and he believes the new system has favoured him.

“I’m enjoying being on the pitch and playing in the system we have been playing,” he said.

“I feel it’s one of my best positions, but I am happy to play anywhere. I just feel I am becoming a bit more relaxed on the pitch now – and a relaxed Adam Lallana is probably when you’ll see the best of me.

“I’m happy with the way things are going on the field at the minute, but we just want to pick up more results.

“We’ve got a busy Christmas period and I feel if we can put in the performances we’ve shown over the last week, we’re not going to be too far away from picking up a lot of wins.”

Brendan Rodgers’ side can take positives into a festive run of matches that will see them face Burnley, Swansea City and Leicester City.