It has been a tough week for Liverpool F.C. and their fans as they saw their Champions League round of 16 qualification hopes take a huge blow. The Reds were outdone by PSG in a 2-1 defeat away at Paris. However, Liverpool vice captain James Milner feels that they still have enough firepower to qualify for the knockout round.
Liverpool have found a huge boost in their confidence on the back of a home win against local rivals Everton courtesy of a last minute winner from Divock Origi. While the Merseyside outfit has had a great start to their Premier League campaign it’s the Champions League that has haunted Jurgen Klopp’s men as they have lost their last 3 away games in a row, a stat no team would be proud of. James Milner still believes that the team will bounce back.
Liverpool play Napoli on the 12th of December at Anfield and the mathematics that determine their qualification is quite unique itself. A 1-0 win at Anfield will ensure qualification for the Reds but a 2-1 win would hand them 3rd place in the group. Whatever the score is, Liverpool don’t have the bragging rights to concede at home. Playing at home, Liverpool do go in with the advantage of the Kop behind them and an atmosphere that even the best of visiting teams would fear.
Statistically, Liverpool have only conceded 5 goals in the league and their impressive home record surely sums up their defensive exploits. James Milner has been bitter with his stern words following their defeat away at Parc des Princes and has urged his team to step up big time against Napoli. Milner believes that if his team doesn’t go through to the last 16 then they don’t deserve to play Europe’s elite club competition.
Milner was one of the many Liverpool players who were booked in their recent encounter against PSG and says that his fellow teammates should have been aware of the theatrics and time wasting tactics of Neymar and company. However, Milner still has faith in his team’s potential and he believes that it is going to be yet another memorable European night at Anfield.
A victory would be the perfect icing for both Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp at home and they still have enough fire to produce the essentials for it. The situation is tough and challenging but Liverpool and Anfield are not strangers to big occasions and fight backs. Not sure if it is going to be as dramatic as the Olympiacos match back in the 2004/05 campaign but 12th of December is going to witness one meaty clash between two big guns of Europe.