Milner pulls no punches after loss

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Liverpool vice-captain James Milner pulled no punches after the defeat against Red Star Belgrade.

The Serbian side were worthy winners in the fourth round of Champions League group phase fixtures as they beat the Reds 2-0.

And Milner, who captained the side in the absence of skipper Jordan Henderson, was honest in assessment of what went wrong.

“We didn’t start well enough. We have had enough chances to get back into the game and we didn’t take them.” he said.

“Passing the ball wasn’t good enough. We didn’t start and when you don’t start in the Champions League you get punished.

“You can’t give teams the start, the crowd is big for them and it’s been a long time since they’ve been in the Champions League.

“Napoli found it tough when they came here and we knew it was going to be a tough place to come.

“We need to win our games, it’s on our shoulders, we have some good sides to play and it’s in our hands but we will have to play better than we did tonight.

“I think the chances aren’t going in for us, we had a number of times in front of goal, times where the goalkeeper saved and times where we weren’t on target.

“We will keep going and playing because it doesn’t take much for those chances to go in.” he finished.

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