Jurgen Klopp claims his side will be “brave” in Wednesday’s clash against Paris Saint Germain, despite the risk of a third successive Group C away defeat leaving them fighting for their Champions League survival.
Liverpool, last season’s beaten finalists, will need to beat Napoli by more than one goal at Anfield to qualify for the knockout stages next month if they suffer another defeat in the Parc des Princes.
PSG, meanwhile, with only one win in four games in Group C, go into the game needing to beat Liverpool to boost their own qualification hopes, and coach Thomas Tuchel has been boosted by the return to fitness of forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
“How are we going to play? We are going to be brave in a very difficult game,” Klopp said. “We enjoy these games.
“We enjoyed it against Manchester City and we enjoyed the first PSG game [which Liverpool won 3-2], even though it is unbelievably difficult. But when we are at our best, we are really not so nice to play against.
“We want to be as good as possible. It’s a tough one to come to Paris for a result, but we are here, so let’s try.”
Liverpool’s prospects have been boosted by the return to fitness of Sadio Mane, who overcame illness to travel to Paris with the rest of the squad on Tuesday.
Mane’s fitness means that both teams will be at full strength in attack, but Klopp said his players will not be fazed by the prospect of facing Neymar and Mbappe following their return from injury.
“It’s much more difficult to prepare when my players don’t know their opponents,” Klopp said. “But this generation will have watched 5,000 YouTube videos of Neymar and Mbappe, so there will be no surprises for my players.
“When they have the ball, with the speed of them, they are away from you if you are not compact. But I believe 100 per cent in our group. I have no clue how it could go, but this is two very ambitious teams in an interesting situation in the group.
“From the beginning, this group was always a difficult one and now we are here. We played in Belgrade and it was a really bad one, but we are here to win a football game.
“We haven’t moaned about it and now we are here in Paris.”
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