Premier League giants Liverpool play host to Napoli tonight at Anfield in Group E of the Champions League.
The visitors are the only side to have beaten Jurgen Klopps side inside normal time in the last seven months.
If the Reds are victorious tonight they will top the table and qualify for the last 16 providing Red Bull Salzburg beat Genk in the group’s other match, but if Red Bull are beaten, Liverpool will progress to the knockout stages.
Liverpool are on fire this season but their opponents Napoli have not won in six games and their players are set to be fined by the club’s president for not attending a training camp this month. But Liverpool gaffer Klopp is expecting a tough game and it is not complacent. He told the media; “I expect Napoli to be really strong for a number of reasons,”
“They are a really good football team and now they’re not in Italy, they feel maybe relief they can play in this game. We have to be ready for that.
“Napoli gave us a proper fight at Anfield last season [in a 1-0 win for Liverpool].
“We have to make sure from the first second this is a different place. We want to go as far as possible in the Champions League. Napoli are experienced, tactically strong, super players.”
Reigning European champions Liverpool lost 2-0 to Napoli in Italy in September, but have since recorded three wins to sit top of Group E on nine points, one point ahead of the Italians in second.
Liverpool are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, having only dropped two points all season, while Napoli are seventh in Serie A, 15 points behind leaders Juventus.
It’s hard to see how Liverpool can lose given the momentum behind them but Napoli badly need a win for moral so it will be a very interesting game to watch!
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