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Adam Lallana: We all must stand up and be counted for shock defeat

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana

By Carl Markham

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits the players have to take responsibility for the Champions League predicament they now find themselves in.

A 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade leaves Jurgen Klopp's side needing a victory against either Paris St Germain in the French capital in three weeks or Napoli at home in their final group game.

At the moment they stay top of the table on six points courtesy of goal difference, and there still remain a number of permutations which will see them qualify.

However, it would be preferable to avoid a nail-biting Anfield finale, which would require them to beat the Serie A side by two goals to overturn their head-to-head record against Carlo Ancelotti's team.

Lallana, still edging his way back to full match sharpness after a period out with injury, accepts it is time for the players to step up.

"As players we've got to take full responsibility and make sure it doesn't happen again," he said. "It's still in our hands: if we win our next two games we go through, but that was a great opportunity missed for us.

"(It's going to be) very tough. That's the Champions League - there are no teams that enter this competition that give you wins.

"It wasn't like us, and we need to move on and improve if we're going to go through to the knockouts.

"Of course there'll be a reaction. It's not the first time we've lost games, it's about how you react and bounce back."

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