Jurgen Klopp defends Virgil van Dijk after criticism for Red Star display

10 November, 2018, 06:30 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino celebrates with his teammates after scoring his goal during the Uefa Champions League Group Stage football match n.3 LIVERPOOL- CRVENA ZVEZDA on 24/10/2018 at the Anfield Road in Liverpool England

On his side's chances of winning a laurel this season, he added: "The season so far, points-wise, is really successful, but it doesn't feel like that because of two reasons - the comparison with free-flowing football last season, and because City and Chelsea are playing really good this season". It's a big gap. And a refreshed Arsenal and a more experienced Tottenham, and Man United turning around.

"That's a really tough job but we have no problem with that, we go for everything". We go for everything.

"Now we have to react for us in the right way, not only on Sunday, but in general".

The Netherlands global started alongside Joel Matip in the centre of Liverpool FC's defence for their fourth Champions League fixture of the season. "I knew my time would come and I spoke a lot with the coach, with Jürgen, so it was also important for me to have good conversations", Shaqiri said.

"I saw a few games like this already and it is really hard to find your mojo", Klopp said. But a lot of people compare a normal Premier League game which we win, with the very best game of last season. I'm not exactly sure which it was - let me say Roma at home until they started scoring their goals.

While Klopp admitted his players were below-par on Tuesday night in Serbia, he said: "A lot of things are better than at the same time past year. For us it is not too important what happened a year ago but for the people, and because of the squad and the signings, we have to use that and not the other way around". That's why we could have had more points last season.

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Gomez has appeared to be the most natural defensive colleague for Van Dijk given that Lovren and Matip have looked unsure in the heart of Klopp's back four.

Liverpool have lost three consecutive Champions League away games for the first time.

The Reds were favourites to progress from Group C before kick-off but they are still to play PSG and Napoli in their final two games so last year's finalists may face a nervous wait to see if they qualify for the knock-out stages.

It was nearly a ideal evening for Red Star - who became the first Serbian team to win a Champions League group-stage game - but Filip Stojkovic was visibly frustrated as he was carted off the field with an injury in the second half.

"People seem to be saying this season will only be a success if we become champions, but it is not like that".

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