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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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Former Red believes Jose Mourinho could get sacked if Man United lose to Liverpool

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Jamie Redknapp Liverpool

Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes that a loss for Manchester United against Liverpool will inevitably lead to Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

The two giants of Premier League football meet on Sunday, and the Reds are 16 points ahead of United after just 16 games this season.

Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and are giving Manchester City a run for their money in the race for the title.

The Reds know a win will keep them on top of the table while a loss for United could scupper their chances of a top-four finish.

Redknapp was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro) and claims such games are huge for the supporters:

“These sorts of games are season-definers. They are the ones that fans wait for. If United win, it will be, ‘Wow, okay, we’ve got to give this guy more time. He can turn it around’.

“But if they lose it will become a situation where you have a snowball effect. The inquest will be so big afterwards and it might feel that it’s all becoming inevitable for Jose.”

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

The former Red claimed that losing to Manchester City would be acceptable as they are one of the best sides in the world but a loss to the Reds would be too much.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

United do have a decent record against us in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp in charge. Hopefully, we get the win on Sunday and keep our title dreams alive.

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“Do I have to win it?” – Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho’s latest trophy jibe

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Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded the latest Jose Mourinho jibe where the Manchester United manager claimed that trophies are important.

The United manager was speaking ahead of our clash against the Red Devils, and Klopp was not going to have any of it.

The German claimed that anything less than a trophy would not be considered as a failure after our great start to the season (h/t Liverpool Echo).

“Do I have to? Do I have to win it?”

“People might remember that but what I have to do is make the best of the things the club is offering me – that is what I believe in.”

The manager also spoke about the Champions League ride last season, claiming it was brilliant, even if we didn’t win the title.

Klopp also claimed that life wouldn’t be great if it was only about doing the best all the time.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Going to the final was fantastic but in life – in all departments of life including your job – if only the best counts and effort doesn’t count then life is s***.

“You can do whatever you want but if I’m not as smart as Einstein or whatever, I can’t try a little bit? I will never be him.

“I love the challenge. Make the best of it. That is how I understand life, I learned it a little bit in football. In the end other people have to judge that.”

The manager is yet to win a trophy during his time at Liverpool, but came close by making it to three finals. Liverpool have made their best start ever in the club’s history, and lead the Premier League after 16 games.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

Klopp could certainly make this season even better with a win over United on Sunday, a feat the German has never achieved in the Premier League.

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Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal

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Alisson

Alisson produced the moment of our Champions League campaign when he saved in the dying seconds from Arkadiusz Milik.

The save ensured Liverpool defeated Napoli in our final group game 1-0, and we can now think about the knockout rounds.

The Brazilian has been exceptional for us since signing from AS Roma, and the keeper spoke to the Times (h/t ESPN) claiming that the save almost felt like scoring a game-winning goal.

“A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game.

“Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it’s the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.”

Alisson Liverpool

The former Roma keeper also thanked the teammates for helping secure the win.

“But I only managed to make that save with the help of my teammates’ contribution and thank God we got the victory.”

The next test for the Brazilian would be the clash against Manchester United. A win will keep us at the top of the table, and we need to put United to the sword on Sunday.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp provides crucial injury update ahead of clash against Manchester United

Alisson was excellent in our draw against Chelsea in the Premier League and has only grown in stature. Hopefully, the Brazilian puts up a fantastic performance against our arch rivals.

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