Jurgen Klopp gives his verdict on Champions League group draw

    Jurgen Klopp has reacted to the Champions League draw, as Liverpool are again destined to face Napoli in the group stage

    The reigning Champions League holders will take on Napoli, RB Salzburg, and Genk in the group phase this campaign.

    Only last year, the Premier League giants tackled the Partenopei in the same stage of the competition, registering partial success of a win and a loss.

    A 1-0 loss at Anfield has cost Napoli the Champions League elimination, and the Serie A heavyweights will have revenge on their minds when the two sides face off this term.

    The Reds boss was quick to react to their group stage rivals soon after Thursday’s group draw.

    “Napoli again! I don’t know how often I’ve now played against Napoli, but they’re obviously a very experienced side,” the former Borussia Dortmund manager said.

    “Napoli are just a really good side. The home game we played [in last season’s Champions League] was one of the best games we played because it was so rock solid.

    “In the pre-season games, when we won 5-0 in Dublin [in 2018] I was not interested in the result. Now this year we lost 3-0, and that’s not too interesting, but you see how good they are.

    “Carlo has such experience and has won the competition so often [three times]. When they went out last year, it was pretty close, so they will remember that, and it will be emotional, I am pretty sure.”

    At least on paper, Liverpool and Napoli are the favorites to advance to the knockout stage, but Klopp has refused to rule out Salzburg’s threat.

    “With the other two teams, I know how people will say these are the two smaller teams of the group. They are not,” the German added.

    “Of course, Salzburg are famous for bringing through new players, as they did with Sadio (Mane) and Naby (Keita) – they’ve found a lot of others, too. It will be really interesting.”


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