Klopp insists Liverpool can cope even if they concede against Napoli

Date published: Tuesday 11th December 2018 9:32

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his side go into their must-win Champions League encounter at home to Napoli not fearful of conceding but well aware of the implications.

After losing three away matches in their group for the first time, the Reds have to beat their visitors 1-0 or by two clear goals to qualify for the knockout stage.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Klopp, who also detailed why confidence would not be knocked should Liverpool drop into the Europa League, continued: “We need to be really active, very focused, very in the game but it’s not that we are afraid of conceding goals before the game starts.

“They (Napoli) should have to work very hard for any chance and then we still have the opportunity to save it. And on the other side, we have to score.”

Liverpool have kept 14 clean sheets in their last 18 home matches in all competitions and have scored in 10 of their home meetings against Italian opposition – with Roma in 2001 the only team to keep them at bay.

Klopp’s side are better set up now to win 1-0 than arguably at any time in the last decade but the margins are so small it is not a result which Klopp intends to rely on.

“The only thing that is clear is if we go 1-0 up then it is not like it would usually be at 1-0,” he added.

“If they score we then have to score a second and a third and that is a very hard job to do. We knew that already. Now we have to do the job.

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“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 but the boys have played many times and pretty good as well. We know how to be solid and be active.”

The Liverpool manager also gave a little insight into his tactics on the night as well as discussing his own links to the Napoli job a few years back.

 

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