Champions League: Jurgen Klopp Left Frustrated As Spartak Moscow Hold Liverpool In Russia


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side need to be more “clinical” after the Reds were held to a frustrating Champions League draw despite dominating Spartak Moscow in Russia.

Spartak went ahead against the run of play when Loris Karius was easily beaten by Fernando’s free-kick after Philippe Coutinho’s foul just outside the area.

Klopp fielded forwards Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Coutinho in the same game for the first time, and the latter two combined for Coutinho to equalise with his first Champions League goal.

Firmino, Mane and substitute Daniel Sturridge spurned good chances as Liverpool were forced to settle for a second successive draw in Group E.

“We have to be more clinical – 100%,” said Klopp, whose side are two points behind group leaders Sevilla, who beat Maribor 3-0 in Spain.

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“To create all those chances and only score one goal feels average. It was a crazy game.

“What can I say? We created, created and created. Where is the real point for criticism? We tried with all we had. The effort was great.”

Liverpool were the better side throughout and peppered the Spartak goal with 16 shots, yet they remain without an away victory in Europe’s most prestigious competition since 2009.

For once, their failure to win a game had nothing to do with the defence.

With Mane back from a three-match suspension, Klopp opted to start with his four most potent attacking players and this will surely feel like two points dropped for the manager.

As exciting as the Reds were going forward, they were guilty of spurning chance after chance.


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