How Liverpool can still qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds

How Liverpool can still qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds

"You know that in Europe decisions are probably given slightly easier than they are in the Premier League, but that is part of European football".

Carragher, a Champions League victor with Liverpool in 2005, was irked by antics he thinks should be beneath players of such quality, suggesting they threaten to overshadow Neymar's career in particular.

Liverpool now face an uphill battle to qualify from their Champions League group, needing a win of a certain quality at Anfield when group leaders Napoli come to visit in the final round of fixtures.

Marco Verratti was running the game in midfield, although the Italian was fortunate not to be sent off for a risky tackle on Joe Gomez midway through the first half.

PSG defended brilliantly in the second-half to hold onto the win, and here is how we rated Liverpool's players after the match... "Even Joe Gomez got a yellow card, the nicest boy on the planet, and he was close to a red". It doesn't happen that often to be 100% honest, but it happened tonight and we were not calm enough.

"We must go to Anfield with courage and play our game", he said.

Despite the fact Liverpool were outfoxed in midfield and run ragged by PSG's electrifying front three, ex-Red Carragher was disgusted by the theatricality from several members of the French outfit, singling out Neymar and Thiago Silva specifically.

"I don't know if there's any explanation for that right now because I can't think of one, otherwise we should have used it already".

Verratti's challenge on Gomez came midway through the first half, but PSG survived that and went on to double their lead thanks to a clearly wound up Neymar. It then goes to goal difference and then away goals - and Liverpool need to register either a 1-0 win, or win by a two-goal cushion to avoid going home on away goals.

Liverpool's James Milner pulled one back for the Reds just before half-time to give them hope heading into the second period in Paris, but PSG closed out the win to put them in the driving seat for last 16 qualification. "We have a big game at the weekend so that helps".

"It's then in the referee's hands to give fouls if he thinks it is a foul".

"You'd think that would be nigh on impossible for the players Liverpool have got".

It is not what Klopp would have wanted having been top of Group C at the halfway stage but another electric Anfield night awaits.

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