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Milner: We are not taking our chances

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has rued the amount of missed goalscoring opportunities in the Reds 2-0 defeat against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday evening.

 

Two goals from striker Milan Pavkov inside the first 30 minutes saw Red Star take control and sent an already fired up crowd of over 51,000 into total euphoria.

 

It could have been a totally different game had Daniel Sturridge taken his opportunity in the 15th minute, but the England international fired well over from close range and it was those kind of missed chances which had Milner frustrated.

 

Four Four Two reported Milner as saying: "That's the thing, not taking the chances when we're creating them. 

 

"Last season we were scoring a lot of goals and they were going in and now they're not. If we take those chances tonight the game looks a lot different. We can't be letting teams get a start.

 

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With his experience in big games, the veteran knows how important it is to start on the front foot away from home, especially in front of such a passionate home crowd.

 

It was something that didn't occur against Red Star.

 

"From the first whistle, we didn't start well enough, and that showed with them getting the two goals.

 

"We knew [about the atmosphere]. The crowd was big for them and it's been a long time since they've been in the Champions League, it was always going to be a big game."

 

It certainly doesn't get any easier for the Reds on the road as French Champions Paris Saint Germain are their next challenge in three weeks time.

 

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the likes of Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson are fit and available for selection for that clash to give him more options in midfield, while Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah will want to find their scoring touch in front of goal on a more regular basis than they have done to start their 2018/9 campaign.


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