Lallana promises reaction to Red Star loss

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Red Star Belgrade's Comorian forward El Fardou Nabouhane (L) and Red Star Belgrade's Montenegrin defender Filip Stojkovic (R) vie for the ball with Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (C) 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. (Photo by Pedja Milosavljevic / AFP) (Photo credit should read PEDJA MILOSAVLJEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has said the squad will react positively to the loss against Red Star Belgrade.


The Serbian side pulled off a surprise 2-0 victory over the Reds in the Champions League group stage this week and it has left qualification precarious for the team.

And the England international has backed the players to come out fighting in the coming weeks after suffering the defeat.

“As players we’ve got to take responsibility.” he told Liverpoolfc.com

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

“We had chances and we came out at the start of the second half which was better, but we weren’t ruthless enough and we weren’t patient enough.

“They time-wasted and we lost momentum but to come in 2-0 down wasn’t like us and we’ve got to take full responsibility and make sure that doesn’t happen again.


“It’s still in our hands and if we win our next two games we go through, but it was a great opportunity missed for us.

“Of course there will be a reaction. It’s not the first time we’ve lost games and it’s about how you react and how you bounce back but we are thoroughly disappointed to come away with nothing.” he added.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must now navigate through tough games against Paris Saint Germain and Napoli in order to get through to the qualification phase of the competition.

And Lallana says it’s to be expected that things can get tough in the Champions League.

“That’s the Champions League and there’s no teams that enter this competition that give you wins.” he said.

“We knew it was going to be completely different to the game at Anfield a fortnight ago but it wasn’t to be.

“It wasn’t like us. We need to move on and improve if we are going to go through to the knockout stages.” he finished.

The former Southampton man was making just his third start of the season after suffering with injuries, but his performance did not go down well with some fans.


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