Sunday 16 June 2019

Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool to 'get what they deserve' in Champions League group decider against Napoli

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Nigel French/PA).
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Nigel French/PA).

Jurgen Klopp says he expects his Liverpool team to get what they deserve against Napoli in the Champions League tomorrow night - but the Reds boss remains wary of 'special' refereeing decisions going against his side.

Liverpool require a 1-0 win against the Italian side at Anfield, or a victory by two clear goals, in order to progress to the knockout stage. The Reds got their campaign off to a flying start with a 3-2 home win over PSG, but have only beaten Red Star Belgrade at Anfield since, losing all three of their away fixtures.

Speaking ahead of the crucial game tomorrow night, Klopp admitted that his side's away form has been poor in Europe - but defended their home record.

"We knew it after the Napoli game that that was not good enough. Belgrade was not better. Paris was an OK away game, in the Champions League you can lose against PSG in their stadium," said Klopp.

"We gave them a proper game but we lost it. So far at home we are good, we have to be even better tomorrow night.

"I told the boys, I really think if nothing special happens with referee decisions, we get tomorrow night what we deserve.

"We caused the situation in a good way and in a bad way. Now we have the chance to go through, that is special after the campaign we played so far.

"It is a big opportunity for us and we will try everything to put it right.

"If someone gives you a chance, it is about you and using it."

With Liverpool now leading the Premier League table following Man City's defeat against Chelsea last Saturday, there is a school of thought that Klopp's side might be better served by focusing on the league rather than Europe going forward. However, at this juncture of the campaign, the Liverpool manager says that his team's Premier League charge won't have any impact on their European aspirations.

"We will not change. It is December, not even Christmas. The season ends in May. We will not get carried away. We know how difficult it is," he added.

"We are not the most experienced side but we know our way and that is exactly which way we will go.

"The league is not too important in the moment because we play tomorrow night against Napoli.

"We were confident before the other games as well, especially before Belgrade and that didn't help. We have to make sure we are ready."

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