NAfter the defeat at SSC Naples, Jürgen Klopp quickly found the guilty party. "I have to accept that the performance was largely my fault, of course," admitted the 51-year-old Liverpool team manager after the 0-1 (0-0). After the third game in series without victory Klopp wanted to increase the pressure on his team before the hit in the Premier League against leaders Manchester City on Sunday (17.30 clock at DAZN) under any circumstances. "I have to watch the game again, then I know exactly where the mistake was," he said, obviously trying to keep any criticism from his team.
Ironically, in Klopp's 50th Champions League game as coach Liverpool offered the worst seasonal performance, scored for the first time this season, not once on the opposing goal. Above all, the Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah can not currently build on his glittering achievements last season: Only three league goals, against Naples without a degree. The attitude of the man with the unmistakable curls is true, but luck has left him.
"He does not meet the way he imagines. But for me that's fine, because such phases come and go, "said Klopp and verbally put his protecting hand over Salah, who had secured in the past season with 32 goals the top scorer in the Premier League. On the other hand, the Neapolitans, who delivered "a tactical masterpiece Ancelottis" (Corriere della Sera) after the 1: 3 defeat in Serie A at Juventus Turin, presented themselves in an offensive mood.
Even "King Carlo" (Gazzetta dello Sport) found no flaw in the victory, the Naples fought by a late goal by Lorenzo Insigne (90th). "That was exactly the match I was hoping for," said former Bayern Munich coach proudly. "We never lost control and were always focused." Hymns of praise, as one rarely hears from the critical "maestro". However, Klopp was looking for reasons: "Naples has been inspired by the atmosphere and we have been impressed. That will not happen on Sunday, "confessed the former BVB coach before reunion with city team manager Pep Guardiola self-confident.
Then Klopp can probably fall back on winged runner Naby Keita. The former Leipzig player, who had been taken off the court and hospitalized in the 19th minute due to back pain, was able to leave the hospital in the morning and fly back to England with the team, according to the BBC. In the premier class Liverpool is with three points in second place of Group C, in the Premier League, one could win the league table with a win. By then, the world would be fine with the Reds.