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Liverpool lose in Paris while Tottenham beat Inter Milan

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe (left) and Neymar celebrate their victory over Liverpool in Paris
By Press Association Sport reporters

Uefa Champions League Group C: PSG 2 Liverpool 1

ANGRY Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp criticised the refereeing of Polish official Szymon Marciniak for making his side look like "butchers" in their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Paris St Germain.

The Reds boss was unhappy with the hosts' play-acting and highlighted Neymar's role as the Ligue 1 club consigned Liverpool to a third away defeat in Group C.

Six Liverpool players were booked and only two for PSG, although there was an argument midfielder Marco Verratti could have been sent off for an over-the-top challenge on Joe Gomez, and Klopp said it made his team look like aggressors.

"The number of interruptions in that game was just not cool," said the German.

"Two times in a row we won the Fair Play award in England and tonight we look like butchers after the yellow cards we had.

"It was clever of PSG, especially Neymar, but a lot of other players went down like it was really something serious and we were not that calm any more.

"We were aggressive, and unfortunately negative aggression doesn't help in football, we got rather frustrated and angry.

"But we have to deal with it, that's our job. If the ref lets that happen then we have to deal with it."

Asked if the referee could have handled it better Klopp added: "There are a lot of things you can do. You can give yellow cards for everything.

"If you go down, you act like you die and then the next moment you get up, yellow card. It's possible. It's unsportsmanlike behaviour.

"In the end, it's hectic and everyone is going down. I don't expect help from a ref, I just expect him to calm all these things down.

"The crowd was up, it's really difficult and we were not calm enough. Even Joe Gomez got a yellow card. He's the nicest boy on this planet and he was close to getting a red."

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel disagreed, suggesting his compatriot was using it as a diversionary tactic.

"I did not feel it was such a big issue We have five minutes overtime, we suffered a lot of fouls – you don't have to do fouls," he said.

"I don't even want to talk about it because for me it is not a subject.

"When I lose big games I am angry and I talk about stuff just to bring attention away from the result.

"I am only talking about the game."

Liverpool started slowly and allowed their hosts to take a grip of the game with Juan Bernat giving them a 14th-minute lead which was doubled by Neymar starting and finishing a counter-attack.

James Milner scored a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Sadio Mane was brought down by Angel Di Maria but despite some second-half pressure the Reds could not force an equaliser.

It leaves Liverpool having to beat Napoli at Anfield either 1-0 or by two clear goals to progress to the knockout stage.

"We need Anfield again and we need to create an atmosphere which is pretty special. We know that," Klopp said.

"But Napoli is a really strong side. If we go through we deserve it, and if not then we don't.

"We are not afraid of that, and I believe you get what you deserve. That's it. We have to try everything."

Uefa Champions League Group B: Tottenham 1 Inter Milan 0

MAURICIO Pochettino says his Tottenham side have belief they will be able to go to Barcelona and get the result that sends them through to the Champions League knockout stages.

Spurs took their qualification hopes to the final Group B game at the Nou Camp with a late 1-0 win over Inter Milan at Wembley, thanks to Christian Eriksen's 80th-minute strike.

They are still outsiders to progress, however, and will have to produce one of the most famous nights in the club's history if they want to do it, as they have go to group winners Barca in a fortnight and match the result of Inter, who play at home to PSV Eindhoven.

It would mark an impressive achievement if they were able to do it, as they looked dead and buried at the halfway stage of the group with just one point from their opening three games.

Pochettino said: "All is possible in football. We have big respect to Barcelona, they are one of the best teams in Europe, it will be a so tough. But we have belief and faith that we can win.

"We need to show again a good level to compete at our best and arrive in Barcelona and compete at our best. We need fresh legs, fresh mind and no injuries. We need to arrive that way in Barcelona."

Barcelona are guaranteed to be group winners, having taken 13 points from their five games, meaning they might rest some players for the clash on December 11.

Pochettino, however, is not expecting to get any favours.

"I expect that they are going to play with all the best players, but I don't know how they are going to prepare the side," he added.

"We need to approach the game in the best way and believe that we can win.

"What Barcelona is going to do is not in our hands. In the Champions League no one is going to give a present and not care about the result."

Spurs were made to work hard to get the win as Inter did everything in their power to disrupt the game and frustrate their hosts.

They had dominated the game, hitting the woodwork through Harry Winks, but looked to be heading out of the competition until Eriksen slammed home 10 minutes from time.

"I think the performance was very good, we fully deserved the victory," he added. "We scored at the end but we beat a very good team.

"Inter Milan showed a great level, a team that's so difficult to beat."

Inter, playing in the tournament for the first time since 2012, would have been through with a point but their fate is no longer in their own hands.

Head coach Luciano Spalletti still reckons they will get through to the knockout stages if they beat PSV.

"If we do what we need to do I think we will go through, it depends on us even if practically it doesn't," he said.

"As long as we do our job I think we will go through. It is about what we do.

"They have got some top top class players at Barcelona, they haven't lost at home in the last five years in the Champions League and they will want to keep that record.

"I am saying that we have to do what we need to do, we are playing PSV and we have to beat them. If we can win this game it will give us a great chance of going through."

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