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How Liverpool can qualify for next round of Champions League even if they lose to PSG

The Merseysiders’ qualification hopes were dealt a blow in Belgrade (Picture: AFP) Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League will remain intact even if they lose to Paris Saint-Germain in gameweek five. The Merseysiders were dealt a big blow to their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages after losing 2-0 away to Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night, leaving them in second spot in Group C. Forward Milan Pavkov grabbed both goals for the hosts, heading Red Star into the lead after 21 minutes before a long-range effort doubled the lead shortly afterwards. Red Star emerged as surprise victors in Belgrade on Tuesday night (Picture: EPA) Had Liverpool won, they would have moved three points clear at the top of the group and only needed a single point to guarantee their progression to the next round. Instead, they now face a tricky double header, first travelling to Paris to take on the French champions at the end of November – who are just one point behind Liverpool now – before Napoli come visiting two weeks later. More: FootballHow Liverpool can qualify for next round of Champions League even if they lose to PSGAlex Beresford and Sean Fletcher share experiences of being stopped and searchedFirst ever Muslim women elected to US House of Representatives However, the Reds can progress to the Last 16 even if they lose to PSG as long as they beat Napoli by two goals in the final match, regardless of results in other games. Champions League group standings are decided by head-to-head record, so Liverpool simply need to better the 1-0 loss they suffered in Naples. A 2-0 win for Liverpool at home to Napoli would see them into the knockout stages (Getty) Obviously Jurgen Klopp would much rather get the job done as soon as possible, and a win against PSG would be enough assuming Red Star do not beat both Napoli and PSG in their remaining games. A draw against PSG coupled with any sort of win against Napoli would also guarantee progression, while two draws would suffice if Red Star can avoid defeat against PSG in the final game. More: Liverpool FCJames Milner slams Liverpool team-mates for embarrassing loss to Red Star...


Published By: Metro - Wednesday, 7 November, 2018

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