Jurgen Klopp thinks that Liverpool need to just “ignore all the rest” and go for the best possible result against Napoli tonight.
The Reds must beat the Serie A side tonight 1-0 or by two clear goals to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
And the Liverpool manager has called on his team to produce the kind of performance that make European nights at Anfield so special.
“One thing is clear, even if we go 1-0 up that’s usually a very good result in a game against Napoli. But, of course, we know if they score one, we have to score [another] two again,” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.
“We should ignore all the rest around and try to get the best result we can get. We always go for a clean sheet, we never want to concede goals – so that’s not a big difference.
“We have to defend them with all we have, we have to defend them much better than we did in Naples. And we have to play better; that’s easy because that was our worst game of the season. So we will be better, I’m pretty sure – not only because of us but because of the atmosphere as well.
“We need Anfield, we need a special atmosphere. I really think the boys deserve that. Everybody here knows how big the influence can be and that could be an advantage. If it’s enough, we’ll know after the game.”
Klopp believes his side are more mature than last season, especially in defence, and must be alert at all times tonight o the threat Napoli will pose on the break.
“We will see that,” Klopp continued. “It’s not that we can avoid everything the opponent is doing, it’s just to prepare things a bit more sensibly, that you take the risk in the right moments.
“But it’s not really for this game. We have to be on our toes, we have to put in outstanding effort and we have to run for our lives.
“It’s part of life in the Champions League; if you want to stay in the competition, we have to show it tonight.
“With all the good things that happened in the last few months and all the bad things, we are in this situation and we are responsible for the situation with the results we had at home and the results we had away.
“Now we have to show that we can really use the home advantage again.
“But it’s Napoli – they are in a good moment in the league as well, they could rest a few players and the last game was not too intense. They have a better position, obviously, in the Champions League table than we have, that’s why they only need a draw or can even lose 2-1 or whatever.
“It’s all deserved so far. And if we deserve to go through with the performance tonight, we will celebrate. If not, we have to accept it.”