Neymar's antics vs. Liverpool were unsurprising foolish to expect otherwise - James Milner

Jo Caldwell
November 30, 2018

"I would like to know how much time they was frustrating".

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.

"It was clever of PSG, especially Neymar, but a lot of other players went down like it was really something serious and we were not that calm any more".

A 2-1 defeat for Jurgen Klopp's side left them needing a 1-0 win or victory by two clear goals against Group C leaders Napoli in the final match to reach the knockout rounds.

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

Marco Verratti missed PSG's 3-2 defeat at Anfield earlier in the season as a result of a suspension carried from last season's red card against Real Madrid and his absence left a huge hole in the French champions' midfield.

"But as players we should be able to bounce back either way but it is a nice game, they are always great games to play in derbies".

Asked what more the officials could have done, Klopp replied: "I could say 500,00 things". It wasn't something we quite dealt with tonight.

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A 1-0 win would see Liverpool equal on points, head to head, and on goal difference with Napoli. 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.

"I think it's going to be a good game, the atmosphere will be good and that will help", said Milner.

PSG players celebrate the win over Liverpool.

Klopp moaned: "If you act like you die and the next moment you get up again, you give a yellow card".

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All players want to play, but we need to work. "It is up to all players to be at 100 percent, so the coaches pick them". He's very disciplined and he works very well. "We worked very hard in the game", he said.

That should have ensured a comfortable cushion for the hosts at the break, but Liverpool were gifted a route back into the game in first-half stoppage time.

Liverpool rallied after James Milner's penalty got them back in the contest, but an equaliser eluded them in the second half. The referee did not initially give a penalty but then rightly changed his mind, and Milner beat Gianluigi Buffon from 12 yards.

PSG top the group on 11 points and Liverpool need to beat Napoli, taking both teams to 9 points.

"Sometimes they get hit and they will go down and sometimes I think it's too easy and I'm getting so frustrated".

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The seasons I didn't play in the Champions League , I won the Europa League. "I was not unhappy with the players". We haven't done that enough this season. "If you can not deal with that, that's a big problem".

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