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Fan rant of the day: Liverpool have dealt with European pressure before and should beat Napoli at all cost

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Georginio Wijnaldum against Paris Saint-Germain

I can’t remember the last time Liverpool made things easy for themselves, seriously. The Champions League has a great history for us and Jurgen Klopp took us to another final last season, but we lost to Real Madrid.

The team played some excellent football all the way to the final, and it seemed we were set to expand on our pressing football this season.

Things were never going to be easy when we were handed a group with Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, but after our 3-2 win over the French side in our first game, we looked set to progress easily.

However, things don’t happen easily for us. We just lost our third away game in the group, the first time that has happened in the Champions League, and the pressure is on us to get the right result on 11th December.

It is pretty simple, to be honest, Liverpool need to beat the Italians 1-0 or with a two-goal margin. Napoli recorded a 1-0 win at Naples early on but we have scored more goals than the Italians in the group, and just need to avoid a one-goal margin win with them scoring.

Of course, we have looked poor in Europe except against PSG in the first clash and the home tie against Red Star.

The loss against the Serbians away was the shocking result. Had we picked up the three points in that clash, a draw against PSG or even Napoli in our final group games would have been enough to take us into the next stage but as things stand, we need some inspiration.

Anfield is made for such European nights

This isn’t the first time we are under such pressure to perform in the Champions League. We all remember Steven Gerrard’s winner over Olympiakos during our winning run in 2005, and the Greeks had actually scored a goal.

The legend came up with a fantastic goal and we might need something similar like that again. Liverpool have dealt with such problems under Jurgen Klopp too. We all remember that Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund with Dejan Lovren scoring the late winner.

Last season in the group stage we needed a win on the last day against Spartak Moscow, and we battered the Russians 7-0.

Expecting a similar result against Napoli is a little extreme but we have the capability to get things done.

Klopp has had a tough time with some of our away games but our Premier League form has been excellent. Its just some of our game plans don’t work well, like playing a trio of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum in the midfield.

There is no creative threat and that was exploited well by PSG on Wednesday.

Big games coming up for Liverpool

Everton are up next for the Reds in a Merseyside derby and the crowd for that game has to be at their best. We have two low key clashes against Bournemouth and Burnley before the Napoli game at Anfield.

Read more: “Klopp again is to blame”, “Pathetic midfield selection” – Some Liverpool fans livid after 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain

The Reds face Manchester United after the Italian tie, and hopefully, we will be planning for the Champions League knockout round rather than thinking of getting knocked out or even worse, playing in the Europa League.

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Liverpool submit enquiry for 12-goal Serie A winger starring for current club

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Liverpool make enquiry for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa

Liverpool have made an enquiry into the availability of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.

Federico Chiesa, 21, has enjoyed a good season with Fiorentina. He has scored 12 goals and supplied three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions. The young Italian’s performances have caught the attention of the Reds, who are competing for Premier League and the Champions League this season.

The Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Fiorentina would be looking for a fee in the region of €70million for the winger, who has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Federico Chiesa

Does Liverpool need Federico Chiesa?

A product of the Fiorentina academy, Federico Chiesa is one of the hottest properties in Italian football. He has performed very well in the Serie A this season and has also become a regular in the Italian national team under Roberto Mancini.

The 21-year-old is pacey, dynamic, hard-working and tenacious as well as a technically-gifted player that can create and score goals in equal measure. The winger can light up the scene with his raw pace and creativity as well as change the course of the game in one blink of an eye.

Chiesa is a clever operator, capable of picking out passes and breaking the lines with his creative passing. To go with his intelligent and solid passing range, he can make space for himself with dribbles and take-ons. The Italy international works incredibly hard without the ball and is no slouch when it comes to performing defensive duties.

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But given we have Mohamed Salah on the right wing and is a regular fixture in Klopp’s front three, the Reds shouldn’t splash so much money on Chiesa.

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“It’s the decisive period of the season”: Jurgen Klopp determined to win the PL title in pre-match presser ahead of Cardiff City clash

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp raring to win both the competitions

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not tired and are raring to win the two elite competitions—the Premier League and the Champions League, as reported by the Liverpoolfc.com.

The Reds are top of the Premier League and have reached the Champions League semi-finals by beating FC Porto over the two legs. That potentially leaves us with seven matches to negotiate in the campaign and after the big win over Porto in mid-week, attention turns towards Sunday’s game against Cardiff City.

“We are not tired. It’s the decisive period of the season. It was last year like this, it is this year like this. That’s good. That we are involved in two more competitions is a sign for success,” Klopp addressed in his presser ahead of the Cardiff game.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

“We are still in the Champions League and title race. We are not tired.

‘Training is low intensity because we don’t have to do a lot because the boys know it.

“We have a little session tomorrow and then we go to Cardiff.”

On facing Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, Klopp added: “We will probably have the ball a bit more than Cardiff and that’s what we have to use. We have to be very careful about counter-attacks, we have to be very careful about always [being] concentrated because each set-piece will be a proper scoring opportunity for Cardiff.

“That’s impressive. I think the whole city fights for the league and we will go there and have to face it. We will face that and, if we are prepared, then we still can get a result I think.”

Ahead of Sunday’s visit to South Wales, our gaffer also gave an injury update: He expects Dejan Lovren to be available for the weekend fixture, while Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain in contention.

Sunday’s game against Cardiff should be a routine one for Liverpool but a side fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation should never be estimated. Warnock’s side are a powerful, physically strong side whose direct style of football can cause us problems.

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But we have defenders to cope up to their challenge and forwards to hit them hard on the counter. Let’s just hope we return back home with nothing less than three points.

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Liverpool enter race to sign 19-year-old with £106m release clause

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Liverpool FC transfer news: The Reds interested in Benfica’s Joao Felix

Joao Felix has emerged as one of Europe’s exciting talents, helping Benfica push for the league title this season.

The 19-year-old has taken Europe by storm and became the youngest player ever to net a hat-trick in the Europa League earlier this month. Most of Europe’s elite clubs are already monitoring the teenage sensation’s progress.

Joao Felix

Joao Felix

Liverpool are also one of the clubs interested in Joao Felix and very recently sent scouts to watch him in action against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he netted a hat-trick in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final last week, report the Birmingham Mail.

The report even claims that the Reds have informed his agent, Jorge Mendes, of their interest in the hoping of taking the player to Anfield at the end of the season.

It’ll be tough to get a deal done for Joao Felix

Felix is now recognised as one of the hottest talents in world football. He is s one of the first names on Bruno Lage’s teamsheet and in just more than half a season, is already on the radar of Europe’s big-hitters.

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Considering the interest in teenage prodigy, it’ll be very difficult for Liverpool to sign him. The Portuguese attacker is a player with huge potential but he needs to play regularly if he’s to unlock his true talent.

I don’t see that happening at Anfield, particularly with Jurgen Klopp having a set front-three in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. It’ll be very difficult for the young Felix to dislodge either one of them from the starting XI.

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Plus, Felix has a £106m release clause in his contract which makes it even more complicated for us to strike a deal.

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