Jamie Carragher fires warning to Liverpool over Salzburg clash after ‘really poor’ start against Napoli

Dejan Lovren scored Liverpool’s equaliser on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher has warned Liverpool they face a ‘really tough game’ against Red Bull Salzburg in their crucial Champions League contest in two weeks.

The Reds could only manage a 1-1 draw with Napoli on Wednesday, which means qualification for the knockout stages is not guaranteed with one group game left.

Jurgen Klopp’s side must go to Salzburg on 10 December and avoid defeat to make it into the last 16, while they must win to guarantee top spot in the group.

Club legend Carragher believes his former side will be reasonably happy with the point against the Italians, but that they were ‘really poor’ over the first 45 minutes.

‘Liverpool were completely different in the second half. It’s a game they may think they should have gone and won but first half they were really poor, Liverpool,’ Carragher told ViaSport.

‘That’s been a theme throughout the season really, they start second halves really strong and look a totally different team.

‘They played really well in the second half but didn’t create enough clear-cut chances really, so I think it was a fair result.

‘I think Liverpool will be pleased that they didn’t lose the game.

‘They had to get three points to try and kill the Salzburg game, but now they have to go to Salzburg.’

The home fixture against Salzburg was a thriller, with the Reds eventually coming through with a 4-3 victory after being pegged back from 3-0 ahead.

Carragher is confident Liverpool will get the point they need in Austria, but recognises the dangers of the opposition, particularly of in-form striker Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland has been in stunning form for Salzburg (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I think it’ll be a really tough game. They showed here [at Anfield] with the goals that they got, and Haaland was only on the bench in that game, so I’m sure he’ll start and he’s a big threat,’ continued the former England international.

‘They’ve got everything to play for to try and knock the European champions out of the Champions League is a huge thing for them, it’ll be a great atmosphere.

‘I think if Liverpool play at their best they’ll be fine, they only need to draw the game, but it won’t be easy and that’s the disappointing thing for Liverpool tonight, they haven’t put that game to bed and now they have to go to Salzburg with a real strong team.’

Liverpool are back in action in the Premier League on Saturday against Brighton where they will be without Fabinho through suspension, but the Brazilian also picked up an ankle injury against Napoli which saw him taken off in the first half.

‘The Fabinho injury is massive,’ Klopp told BT Sport after the draw. ‘That’s the biggest thing from tonight. It’s still early and we all hope it’s not too serious but it’s pretty painful in an area you don’t want to have pain.

‘We will have to see. That’s our biggest problem right now.’

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