Liverpool warned about dangers of prioritising Europe amid poor domestic form

Anfield legend John Barnes has warned Liverpool not channel their efforts towards European success despite their poor run in the Premier League.

The Reds have won just two of their last eight top-flight games – a run which has seen them slip from first to fourth in the table.

Liverpool's hopes of defending their league title are quickly dwindling and may have all but vanished if they are beaten by leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

With their domestic form faltering, the Reds may be tempted to prioritise a run in the Champions League as they begin their knock-out stage campaign later this month.

But Barnes insists the Premier League must remain Liverpool's focus, as the Champions League is "too unpredictable to prioritise".

“ Liverpool focus on football matches and each and every of those games,” the former England winger told BonusCodeBets.

“A team whose only focus is to win the League, that team will struggle because any games lost will hit them so much harder.

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“The thing with Jurgen Klopp is that he always priorities games, not competitions. The reason for this is because if you focus on the Champions League and then you start to drop down the table in the Premier League, and then you go out of the Champions League, then what? The fall will be far greater and to get back up will much tougher.

“So, instead of focusing too much on one League or another, it’s all about winning as much as possible.

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“Having said that, the Premier league will take priority out of the two, even if you’ve dropped down the table. The Champions League, with all its prestige, is too unpredictable to prioritise.

“At the end of the day, you want to win every single game in every single league and cup you’re in. Reality tends to look a bit different to that but all teams, from time to time, will go through difficult periods.

“And the teams that could take that one and learn from it, those are the ones that will make the best comebacks.”

Liverpool have been drawn against RB Leipzig in the Champions League last 16, with the first leg scheduled to take place in Germany on 16 February.

However, the German government has blocked the Reds from travelling into the country due to coronavirus concerns, leaving Leipzig scrambling to try and find a suitable neutral venue or else risk forfeiting the first leg.

The Bundesliga side will travel to Anfield on 10 March to play the second leg.

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