‘Our best player left in January – Philippe Coutinho’s absence is being felt now’

We have very good players in midfield, footballers and players who can turn the ball over quickly and who look impressive when the game is high tempo, frantic and requires high energy.

The reality is, however, that the prizes the side really want require elite players rather than just very good.

We lost our best player in January, the player who could destroy teams with vision and guile; now when the side are faced with unlocking compact rivals, Philippe Coutinho’s absence is the difference. The ability to play through midfield under mid/high pressure just isn’t there. The players attempting to do so are highly-skilled; the reality is at football’s top level, they are marginally lacking, and I think that will be our downfall. Just. MARK BAKER (Huyton)

‘Red Star display as bad as dismal as anything under Jurgen Klopp’

Jurgen Klopp reacts during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 06, 2018
Jurgen Klopp reacts during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 06, 2018
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We are currently experiencing a difficult spell, as the performance levels have struggled to reach the heights of last season.

The last two away games have shown that something isn’t quite right at the club.

Arsenal controlled most of the game against us at the Emirates and although we had some good chances, the Gunners more than deserved their point from it.

It was very frustrating, because if we want to be winning the league, you have to see that game out at 1-0. Harsh but true.

Tuesday’s display in Serbia was as bad as I can ever remember under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool side and it now puts us in a dodgy position in our group to qualify for the knockout stages. Time to regroup, step up and improve – a kick up the backside springs to mind! JAY RILEY (Litherland)

‘Defending is much better – now let’s get back to heavy metal attacking football’

Sadio Mane celebrates scoring for Liverpool in their win over Cardiff City at Anfield
Sadio Mane celebrates scoring for Liverpool in their win over Cardiff City at Anfield
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It’s hard to reconcile our performances this season with the heights we achieved in the second half of last season.

Whilst our results in the league have been acceptable, and our points so far maybe even better than expected, we’ve lost the attacking flair that lit up so many games last year.

It’s become clear that Jurgen Klopp is keen on better game management, tightening-up in defence, and eliminating that tendency to allow opposition teams back into the game. But the attacking style we developed gave us early goals and the confidence that goes with it. Against Arsenal we never looked entirely comfortable, and against Red Star our build-up was slow and nervous. Our defending is much better – now let’s get back to heavy metal attacking football. MARTIN LATHAM (Woolton)

‘Time for calm – and for front three to take their frustrations on Fulham’

Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal against Cardiff City at Anfield
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The draw at the Emirates on Saturday wasn’t the end of our title challenge.

Likewise, defeat on Tuesday night to Red Star Belgrade does not end our Champions League campaign. We still have two fixtures to make the last-16 – victory by two clear goals over Napoli at Anfield will still be enough.

It is time for people to keep calm and acknowledge that this is a long season. Trophies aren’t won in November and we are still well placed at both home and abroad. In a way, defeat in Belgrade may even have a positive effect in shaking some players out of the comfort zone. The front three need to step up and the defeat may hopefully inspire them to take out their frustrations on Fulham. MICHAEL ATHERTON (Crosby)

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