James Milner had a simple answer for where it all went wrong for Liverpool in their 2-0 Champions League defeat at Red Star Belgrade which has put last season’s beaten finalists’ in danger of elimination.
The Reds were dismal in the Serbian capital, losing to a first half brace from Milan Pavkov as they lost control of their destiny in this season’s competition.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Joel Matip all came close to scoring for the visitors, but Milner admits they simply weren’t good enough to get the result they wanted against a side they beat 4-0 at Anfield two weeks ago .
When asked where it went wrong for his side, Milner simply said: "From the first whistle.
"We just didn’t start, and when you don’t start in the Champions League, you get punished."
“We didn’t start well enough.
“We have had enough chances to get back into the game and we didn’t take them. 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.”
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