BELGRADE • It was a damn for his party's rating when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was limited to "just ten fingers" after being asked what had happened to the red star Belgrade on Sunday.
He accused his team of living for Belgrade's Serbian champions too easy and warned that repeating the difficult show in their last two Champions League Group C games threatens their hopes of moving to a retirement phase.
Milan's first two goals scored the first red-star victory in the European football elite competition since 1992, and Klopp also claimed that the men had lost their "mojo" in an intense atmosphere inside the Rajko Mitic stadium.
"They were aggressive, they were aggressive in the last game (Liverpool won 4: 0) before we did better," said a German player. "We did a bit easy life for Belgrade, that's a major problem.
"We deserved it with the passion they showed, they gave everything, it was not a click for us, it was not easy, we never returned to the situation, we had time, we played well, but then we had the ball in the box and could not finish.
WHAT'S LEFT RED
None of Liverpool's starting midfielder – James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana – won the match in the game.
The first shot of Reds in the goal came in 71 minutes.
Liverpool has admitted more than once in the first half of the Champions League for the first time since October 2014 (3-0 loss to Real Madrid).
The men of Jurgen Kloppa have for the first time since 1979 lost three consecutive top European matches.
"I've seen a few such games and it's really hard to find my mojo back in. You can do the right thing just at the right moment, you have to be very natural.
"The boys are very disappointed, I am very disappointed and we have to do better. We have to do better because we can do better, but today is too late."
Winners of the European Cup in 1991, the Red Star did not get to qualify for the Champions League next year. However, they were encouraged to condemn Liverpool to the second defeat in the group after losing 1: 0 in Napoleon last month in July.
The club championship is the third consecutive defeat in the Champions League – the worst run of the club at the highest level of European competition since 1979.
Klopp declined two consecutive defeats, and this campaign showed a basic Liverpool format problem outside Anfield.
"I'm not saying it's serious if we lose twice, but we have to make sure it does not happen again, otherwise it will be difficult because the next match is already in the match (in Paris Saint-Germain)," he said.
"The last match is a very difficult home match against Naples, we need to make sure you can not ask this question again. It's too soon to say it's so.
Liverpool visited the PSG on 28 November before hitting Napoli on December 11.
Both teams fought for 1-1 in the second match on Tuesday at Stadio San Paolo in Naples.
Juan Bernat gave PSG deserved lead in the first half of stoppage time before Lorenzo Insigne equalized on the Italian side with a penalty 62 minutes.
The result, coupled with the Red Star's victory, put Group C wide open and only four points separated by two points. Naples reached the top of the group on the basis of its superior record over Liverpool, where PSG and Red Star are still fighting.
THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS