Liverpool don’t deserve to be in Champions League if they can’t beat Napoli, says James Milner

JAMES MILNER believes Liverpool should not be in the Champions League if they can't beat Napoli at home on December 11.

The Reds lost 2-1 to PSG at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday and will be knocked out of the competition if they cannot beat the Italian side at Anfield.

Liverpool don’t deserve to be in Champions League if they can’t beat Napoli, says James MilnerReuters5 James Milner believes Liverpool should not be in the Champions League if they can't beat Napoli

Napoli are top of group C, and given their superior goal difference can afford to lose by one goal on Merseyside and still qualify for the knock-out stage.

PSG are in second spot, just two points ahead of the Reds, but they face Red Star Belgrade next who have won only one game in group C.

Milner scored a penalty in Wednesday's defeat against the French champions and he did not hold back in his comments after the game.

He said: "If you can't win your home games in the Champions League then you don't deserve to go through."

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Liverpool don’t deserve to be in Champions League if they can’t beat Napoli, says James MilnerReuters5 Liverpool must beat Napoli to qualify for the knock-out stage after defeat at PSG

He added: "We know it was a tough group all along, the Champions League is tough.

"But to have it in your own hands going into the last game and having a home game – we'd like to have it sewn up by now sure we would – I don't think you can ask for more.

"If you had said 'You have to win your last home game to get through the group' I think everyone would have been fine with it. We've played pretty well this season."

By scoring in Liverpool's defeat in Paris, the England international ended a 39-game unbeaten run in matches in which he had scored.

Liverpool don’t deserve to be in Champions League if they can’t beat Napoli, says James MilnerReuters5 James Milner scored in Paris but could not prevent defeat

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