Why Jurgen Klopp has called Napoli ‘cheeky b******s’ before Liverpool Champions League tie | Football | Sport
A last minute goal from Lorenzo Insigne secured Napoli a 1-0 win back in October last year, in a match where Liverpool failed to get a shot on target.
However, the Reds did go on to win the reserve fixture by a single goal when the sides met at Anfield two months later.
And although Klopp has not quickly forgotten that game in Naples, which he describes as his side’s “worst performance of the season”, he is confident there will not be a repeat performance tonight.
“To make it very simple, we played against them in our defending like they had one number six, but they had two sixes, the cheeky bastards!” Klopp said with a smile.
“We knew before, and we did tell them – we tried to change it in the game, but nobody listened and nobody could change.
“In the end they were lucky they scored [a late goal] but we were lucky it was only 1-0. It was really this kind of off day.”
Liverpool have made a fantastic start to their Premier League campaign and are the only team in the league who’ve won all five of their opening matches.
Klopp has played down Liverpool as favourites heading into the tie but thinks the Reds still have a chance to take something away from the match if the players stick to the game plan.
“So we have to do what we are good at but make sure it fits for Napoli and then we have that chance there but we don’t go there as a favourite.
“Yes, we won the competition last season but you know it is difficult.
“They are a very strong side, runner up of Italy two or three years in a row, really close to Juventus this year so it is a really strong team.”