Liverpool Vs Napoli: A lot will be decided at Anfield tomorrow
For Liverpool players before going on to the pitch, it’s very important that they go into the match with a clear mind. It’s just another group game and they must not think beyond it, but a lot will be decided at Anfield tomorrow.
Reds won’t be only fighting to survive in UEFA Champions League, but it will decide their domestic campaign. Europa League football do more damage than help in a team’s domestic preparation and Liverpool must avoid finishing third on the table because it will only lead to it.
Then, they have their biggest domestic game coming against their fieriest rival Manchester United on Sunday. If they lose against Napoli on Tuesday, they won’t go into the Sunday match with the necessary confidence.
They are currently leading the Premier League table and they have little margin of error knowing Manchester City won’t allow much complacency. Their next five Premier League fixtures include Manchester United (H), Wolves (A), Newcastle (H), Arsenal (H), and Manchester City (A). None of them are going to give an easy ride to the Anfield giants.
Manchester United is always a tough game for Liverpool. Wolves have forced this season Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal to play draw, and have defeated Chelsea. Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle, we all know that he’s going to put a great wall against the top teams so that he cannot get defeated and on certain day Toons do walk away with a point from your den.
Arsenal are undefeated in the league after losing their first two games against Manchester City and Chelsea. And, Gunners would like to improve their recent records at Anfield. It left us to talk about Manchester City. We all know how eager they’d be take revenge at home charged up remembering their last season debacle in Champions League quarter-finals against them.
Manchester City has every chance to claim their top spot back at the end of the month. Liverpool must make sure that they make the best of their advantage and sit tight on the Premier League summit, and for that need morale boost and always play the game with confidence.
A single bad game can ruin their campaign and that’s why their game against Napoli is so much important. A lot will be decided at Anfield tomorrow.
They were last season finalists. It will be a shame to be eliminated at group stage this season, and especially playing at home. Anfield has witnessed many memorable nights in Europe and they’d not like a mournful one to add into their memory.
Liverpool are the king of Europe and with due respect Napoli are nothing in front of them. To lose a place against them will be little indigestible for Reds fans.
Reds need a victory. 1-0 will do, but they have lost their centre-back partnering of Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk. Van Dijk has got a new partner in Joel Matip due to Gomez’s six week injury situation. It’s always difficult to build a new partnership. Any goal scored by Napoli at Anfield will only take the game away from Liverpool and they might not be able to book their place in knockouts. They must avoid conceding goals on Tuesday, although Partenopei are in great form.
A draw or defeat or a victory after conceding goals, simply won’t do for Liverpool. Maybe Champions League elimination won’t hurt Liverpool much. But playing in Europa League after finishing third on the table (Champions League group table) will be a disaster.
Former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp told DailyMail, “Tuesday night is Liverpool’s biggest game of the season. Their result against Napoli will have a huge say on whether they can win the Premier League.”
He adds, “Qualify for Champions League knockout stage and they go into Sunday’s Anfield showdown with bitter rivals Manchester United with incredible momentum. Failing to make it through would not only be a significant blow to their confidence but could also mean they are playing Europa League football. Playing on Thursday then Sunday is grueling and it means you are more likely to have to play catch-up in the Premier League. It would threaten their to derail their title push.”
Redknapp has told the truth. I have already discussed Liverpool’s next five games. They are expected to lose points and then they’ll have to do the catch-ups. And in the meantime, they’ll have to play those Thursday night Europa League football.
Europa League football always leaves you dry for your Sunday game. Your best players can’t give their best on Sunday after playing on Thursday night.
Former midfielder adds further, “Despite making their best start to a top-flight season, Liverpool are still only a point clear at top. Manchester City may have lost to Chelsea but that result makes them no less formidable. I cannot see them making many more slip-ups, especially when Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne returns to fitness.”
“Since their last league Championship in 1990, Liverpool have never looked better equipped to win the title. The ability to bring on players like Jordon Henderson and Adam Lallana shows their strength. Yet James Milner is the only player in their squad who has won the Premier League – doing so twice with the City. I was part of the 1996 Liverpool side who were top at Christmas but finished seven points behind Manchester United.”
“Ten years ago, Rafa Benitez was in the same position as Jurgen Klopp now – one point clear after 16 games –only to finish second to United. In 2014 Liverpool were on driving seat with three games to go but couldn’t get over the line. We’ll only find out if this current group have what it takes if they are still leading as the season enters the final straight. Up against defending champions City, Liverpool need any advantage they can get. It’s why they must do the job on Tuesday.”
There are precautions but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident that his side can pull the strings. He told as BBC reports, “We caused the situation, but we still have the chance to go through and that is pretty special. I’m really looking forward for it. We knew after the Napoli game [in second group game] it was not good and Belgrade was not any better. So far at home we have been good and we need to be even better on Tuesday.I told the boys if nothing special happens with a referee decision we’ll get what we deserve.”