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• Jürgen Klopp leads inquest following Red Star defeat• Liverpool have won only three of their last nine games
Klopp said Liverpool lost their mojo during the Group C reverse on Tuesday and sought answers from his players on their return to Melwood. Andy Robertson described Liverpools overall form as effective but lacking its usual spark, an analysis supported by the teams best start to a Premier League season yet also a run of three wins in nine matches in all competitions.
Read more The result in Belgrade was Liverpools third consecutive away defeat in the Champions League, the clubs worst run at the highest level of European competition since 1979. A win at Paris Saint-Germain this month combined with a positive result for Napoli at home to Red Star would secure a place in the knockout phase for last seasons beaten finalists.
I think its one of those periods we need to get through, Robertson said. Last season everyone was used to us scoring four or five goals. That cant be possible every single game. At times weve dug out results, in the Premier League more so this season.
Maybe its not been as good to look at but weve been effective at it. Maybe we are missing a bit of a spark in terms of not winning four- or five-nil in most games but if he [Klopp] thinks that then we need to try to get it back. We need to come together as a team and try to give what the gaffer wants, try to get the spark and try to win games more comfortably.
Liverpool have suffered defeat in the Champions League and Carabao Cup while sustaining an impressive challenge to Manchester Citys defence of the Premier League title. Klopps decision to introduce Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Joël Matip into the starting lineup against Red Star arguably contributed to the disjointed display but Robertson denies Liverpools focus has wavered outside the Premier League.
The defender said: Its just games that we havent shown up in. Theyre probably the only ones this season that we havent, for whatever reason. I dont think it determines what competition its in.
Klopp regularly conducts analysis with his players the day after a game, having reviewed the match himself at least twice but Wednesdays debrief assumed a more critical air given the nature of defeat and the precariousness of Liverpools position in the group.
You dont forget about these results quickly, Robertson said. The gaffer, win or lose, always speaks more the day after because thats when he can clear his head and thats where he gets the best out of us.
Liverpools trip to the Parc des Princes on 28 November has assumed greater importance for both teams after this weeks results. Robertson insists Klopps side will be confident of victory despite their poor European away form. Its a tight group and itll go right to the wire, the left-back said. Were still confident well get through but we need to prove that now.
We believe we can win every game, thats always been the case with us. Away from home last season we were very good in the Champions League. This season weve found that a bit difficult. Arguably were still to play the best team away and we need to put in a much better performance than we have done so far.