Liverpool’s shock defeat by Red Star Belgrade has thrown Group C wide open… so how can Jurgen Klopp’s still progress to the last 16?
- Liverpool were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night
- Jurgen Klopp’s side now face two difficult fixtures against PSG and Napoli
- They face trip to Paris in next matchday and then host Napoli in final fixture
Liverpool’s shock defeat at the hands of Red Star Belgrade has thrown Group C of this season’s Champions League wide open.
Jurgen Klopp’s side would have been confident of progressing when they were thrown into a Group of Death with French giants Paris Saint-Germain and the impressive Napoli.
If the task wasn’t hard enough, Red Star Belgrade’s win over Liverpool has now ensured there is a four-team race to progress to the last 16 stage.
Jurgen Klopp vents his anger at his players as they fall to a surprise defeat at Red Star Belgrade
The German tactician talks tactics with Mohamed Salah during the 2-0 defeat out in Serbia
Liverpool now face two extremely difficult fixtures away at Paris Saint-Germain and then at home to Napoli.
Lose both and they will be out of the Champions League and will battle it out with Red Star Belgrade for a consolation spot in the Europa League.
The Reds will top Group C if they manage to beat both PSG and Napoli in their two remaining fixtures.
If Liverpool manage to win in Paris and Red Star manage to claim a point against Napoli then the Reds could afford to lose to the Italians and still progress.
There could be a situation where Liverpool, Napoli and Red Star are all on nine points if the Reds beat PSG but then lose to Napoli and Red Star beat both Napoli and PSG. In that case Liverpool have one over Red Star as they beat the Serbians 4-0 at Anfield and only lost 2-0 in the reverse fixture.
A draw against PSG would see Liverpool scrambling for three points against Napoli on the final matchday as PSG are likely to win in PSG if they are at full strength.
If Liverpool lose to PSG and Napoli beat Red Star then Klopp’s side will have to beat the Italians by more than one goal, following their 1-0 defeat in Italy, to finish as runners up.
Napoli and PSG claimed a point apiece on Tuesday night – leaving Group C wide open
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