Sunday 15 September 2019

Klopp looking for 'something special' in Reds' Euro mission

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA

Mark Critchley

Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to harness the power of Anfield to help them through the Champions League group stages, telling his players: "If something special is possible, it's here."

After suffering defeat in all three of their away matches in Group C, Klopp's side welcome Napoli to Anfield tonight knowing that only a particular type of victory will see them through to the last-16.

Liverpool will be sure of progression if they beat Carlo Ancelotti's side 1-0 or by at least two clear goals. A victory of any sort will only be enough if Paris Saint-Germain fail to beat Red Star Belgrade away from home.

If the night ends in a draw or a defeat, last year's Champions League runners-up will either find themselves playing Thursday night Europa League football come February or perhaps out of European competition altogether.

"We all know the result - or results - we need, and it's quite difficult," Klopp admitted yesterday, having studied the various permutations. "If something special is possible, it's here. That's why we should try it.

"You don't have a situation like this 20 times in your career. That's why I think it makes sense that our approach before a game will be completely normal. We don't want to concede always, that's how it is, and we want to win, that is also how it is. The rest we will see during the game.

"We were all not 500 times in a situation where 1-0 is good but 2-1 is not, 3-1 is good again but 3-2 is not. It is a mix of being really lively, and making an emotional game of it - it must be - and on the other side being really closed at the back so nothing happens there. That is a big job to do."

When asked what his side could improve on from their meeting in October when Liverpool were beaten 1-0 after Lorenzo Insigne's last-minute goal, Klopp's answer was simple - "everything".

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