Tonight, Liverpool kick off their Champions League campaign at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, as they take on a resurgent Luciano Spalletti-led Napoli side.
“We never won here but we quite frequently qualified for CL final after Napoli was with us in groups. Maybe twice, once with Dortmund. I am a late bloomer, I need longer to achieve. We have to play better than 3 previous games.”
Speaking on what is a new-look Napoli side, the German boss went on to say:
“They are a young team but they are all good. I’m not 100% sure but I think not too long ago there was a nervous situation around Napoli when players left, now it’s settled again. One player who always stayed was Zielinski and could build around him.”
Having picked up just nine points from a possible 18 in the Premier League, it’s been a difficult start for Liverpool.
In many ways a test against Napoli could not have come at a better time for a side who desperately need to prove a point to themselves, in order to get back to winning ways and restore some consistency back into their season.
With Klopp claiming that he is a late bloomer and needs longer to achieve in his honest and reflective assessment, he will be hoping that today is the day for that achievement to come through.
A win for Liverpool and a positive performance from the likes of Salah, who has struggled to hit the heights of last season, would work wonders for a club who have suffered a painfully stuttering start.