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Lallana: Liverpool will bounce back from defeat

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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana expects a positive response following their disappointing 2-0 Champions League defeat to Red Star Belgrade

The Reds were punished for a below-par display on Tuesday night with Milan Pavkov’s brilliant brace ensuring Red Star emerged as the surprise winners.

A win in Serbia would have put Liverpool three points clear in Group C, but they fell to second place instead following Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-1 draw.

However, Lallana says they are still in control of their own fate in this season’s Champions League and expects a strong reaction from his team-mates.

“As players, we’ve got to take responsibility. It was a slow start all round really, and we gave them far too many opportunities – especially from set-pieces,” Lallana told the club website.

“We had chances and we came out at the start of the second half which was better, but we weren’t ruthless enough and we weren’t patient enough.

“They time-wasted and we lost momentum but to come in 2-0 down wasn’t like us and we’ve got to take full responsibility and make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“It’s still in our hands and if we win our next two games we go through, but it was a great opportunity missed for us.

“Of course there will be a reaction. It’s not the first time we’ve lost games and it’s about how you react and how you bounce back but we are thoroughly disappointed to come away with nothing.”

Liverpool will next face PSG in Group C on November 28.