Liverpool v Napoli: Jurgen Klopp expects tough Champions League challenge
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he expects a difficult challenge from Napoli in their Champions League game on Wednesday, regardless of the club’s about and off-field issues.
The winners of this Group E tie at Anfield will qualify for the last 16.
However, Napoli haven’t won in six games and their players are put to be penalized by the president of the club for never attending a training camp.
“I expect Napoli to be really powerful for a number of reasons,” said Klopp.
“They’re a great football team and now they’re not in Italy, they feel perhaps relief they can play in this sport. We need to be ready for that.
“Napoli gave us a suitable fight at Anfield last season [in a 1-0 win for Liverpool].
“We need to be sure in the very first second this is a different location. We want to go as much as possible in the Champions League. Napoli are experienced, tactically powerful, super players”
Though Mohamed Salah was training this week the Reds will be without defender Joel Matip because of a knee injury.
Reigning European champions Liverpool lost 2-0 to Napoli but have recorded three drops to sit high in Group E on nine points, 1 point ahead .
However, Napoli haven’t won because their success losing once and drawing times.
This month, club president Aurelio de Laurentiis ordered the team to attend a yearlong training camp, but director Carlo Ancelotti and his participants returned home following a 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport said De Laurentiis was set to nice the club players a quarter of the salary.
“Whatever has happened, I don’t have a real idea,” added Klopp. “However, when I was a player, I would be trying to bring the team together and combat the items from outside.
“We will attempt to triumph, it might be huge for us to get different reasons. We don’t feel like we’re already halfway through”
If Red Bull Salzburg neglect to succeed at Genk in another Group E match then Liverpool will qualify for the 16, even if they lose to Napoli.
The Reds are eight points clear on peak of the Premier League, while Napoli are seventh in Serie A having just dropped two points all season.