Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp hopes that Anfield will bring his magic out of his team in their decisive final Champions League group game against Napoli after Wednesday’s damaging defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.
Last season’s runners-up are in serious danger of a group-stage exit from the competition after losing 2-1 to a Neymar-inspired PSG at the Parc des Princes, as Klopp was outmanoeuvred by his opposite number Thomas Tuchel.
The result left Liverpool in third place in Group C with one game left, three points behind Napoli and two adrift of PSG.
Given the tight nature of the group, the Premier League side now have to beat Napoli at Anfield either 1-0 or by two clear goals if they are to be sure of reaching the last 16, otherwise, they will be left hoping for a PSG slip-up at Red Star Belgrade.
But while on Wednesday’s defeat was Liverpool’s fifth in a row away from Anfield in the Champions League, they have not lost at home in the Premier League or in Europe for 18 months, so Klopp has reason to be confident.
“Of course, I know that, we need a great atmosphere which is pretty special,” said Klopp, looking ahead to the game on December 11.
Napoli will need a draw themselves to ensure progress to the next round. The Italians beat Liverpool 1-0 at home in October and have since drawn twice with PSG.
Liverpool supporters looking for inspiration will recall what happened back in 2004-05 — that season Rafa Benitez’s team won the trophy, but only after Steven Gerrard’s stunning goal in their final group game against Olympiakos gave them a 3-1 victory they needed to advance.
“Napoli is a really strong side, they played here well, they played against us really well, although we were not that good that night,” Klopp said.
“We have to make a special night of it 100 per cent if we want to go through.”