Klopp believes Napoli can reach Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp thinks Napoli can reach the Champions League final if they maintain their current level of performance.

The Liverpool manager has already felt the strength of Luciano Spalletti’s fine form this season, losing 4-1 at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in the first round of the Champions League group stage.

Napoli lead Group A with five wins from five games and also lead Serie A by five points after beating Sassuolo 4-0 on Saturday.

When asked at a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s return game at Anfield if Napoli can reach the Champions League final, Klopp said: “I think if they can play like they do at the moment they have a good chance. to reach the final… I think Napoli are the best team in Europe, they play very well.

“Spalletti is a very experienced coach, he’s worked pretty much everywhere, and it seems like all his experience and some really good signings and good decisions, he’s put together a group that works at an exceptionally high level.”

Napoli have not lost since April and have won an impressive 13 consecutive matches.

Liverpool have had a comparatively poor start to the season, ranking ninth in the Premier League with just four wins from 12 games.

However, they did well in the Champions League, winning four of their five games in the group stage to qualify alongside Napoli for the round of 16 with one game to go.

To overtake the Italians and lead the group, Liverpool will need to win by at least four clear goals on Merseyside.

Klopp is not “afraid” to face Napoli again three days after his team was beaten 2-1 at home by Leeds United.

“When I talk about the positive aspects of Napoli at the moment it is because I am a football lover,” he said.

“I’m not afraid or afraid [to face them] it’s just a tough challenge, that’s all. I have a lot of respect for what they’re doing and I know Luciano respects what we’ve done in recent years.”

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