Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool's Champions League group draw
Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool's Champions League group draw

Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool's Champions League group draw

After dumping out Napoli at the group stage hurdle last season, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his side that the Italian outfit will be seeking revenge.

Liverpool were drawn in Group E alongside Italian side Napoli, FC Salzburg of Austria and Belgium outfit Genk in Thursday's ceremony in Monaco. The Reds faced Napoli in the group stage last season, when they were beaten 1-0 in Italy but won the reverse game by the same scoreline to progress to the knockout rounds.

Klopp reacted to the Champions League group stage draw, "Napoli again! I don’t know how often I’ve now played against Napoli, but they’re obviously a very experienced side. The home game we played against Napoli was one of the best games we played because it was so rock solid.

"It was not allowed to concede against Napoli with the strength they have in counter-attacks. When they went out last year, it was pretty close – Ali made a big save in the last seconds, so they will remember that and it will be emotional, I am pretty sure.

Genk & Salzburg

"With the other two teams, I know how people are and immediately they will say these are the two 'smaller teams' of the group. I already know they are very young, very exciting and very fresh, so it will be interesting 100 percent. It’s not an easy group and not a group where we can hide behind anybody.

"Now we know the opponents, when we were walking off the pitch from training I immediately spoke with Divock about playing Genk! Of course, Salzburg are famous for bringing through new players, like they did with Sadio and Naby – they’ve found a lot of others, too.

"Salzburg fought for so long and so hard to be part of the Champions League. They will have 30,000 in their stadium who will show how long they were waiting for it."

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