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How Liverpool can still qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds

How Liverpool can still qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds”

The Brazilian had come off with a groin problem eight days earlier but he looked in the mood here, determined to deliver in PSG's biggest Champions League game since they were knocked out by Real Madrid last season without him due to injury.

Liverpool had needed to win by two clear goals against Carlo Ancelotti's side in the final fixture of Group C in order to progress.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel praised Jurgen Klopp for developing his Liverpool "machine", but he hopes his side can capitalise on their frailties away from home.

"He has lost only one key player I think, [Philippe] Coutinho, and spent an terrible lot of money".

After four successive away defeats in the Champions League for the first time, Liverpool must now defeat Napoli by two goals at Anfield to be sure of qualification.

"We responded to Liverpool's physical challenges and matched their intensity", said the France worldwide.

"They've been runners-up before and then lost another [final]".

"That was why we saw Griezmann stop counterattacks on the right wing and through the middle".

But, when they were doing that, the Liverpool midfield could get close up to them, and the defence could push high up the pitch too. They were great to watch.

Marco Verratti was injured for the previous meeting but he set about making his mark - quite literally at one point, with an ugly lunge on Joe Gomez which should have resulted in a red card - from the off. "I'm talking about the game".

When Liverpool players said the main focus this season was the Premier League, they didn't envisage the threat of dropping down to the Europa League. "The fans can create a special atmosphere and hopefully get the result that we need". "Rolling around on the floor like that, the only time you see that is children at kindergarten".

They have not been playing particularly well up until now, but it would not surprise me if they clicked into gear in the next few weeks. "It was a very frustrating night, there was some stuff we couldn't control and other stuff we could control, but it was a very disappointing night".

But Klopp knows now he has got his players together until March, so he can work on things week in, week out - and try to bring back some rhythm to their attacking play.



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