'We need you!' - Klopp's pre-Napoli rallying call

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah rounding Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic before scoring his third goal in the Reds' 4-0 away victory yesterday. The hat-trick took his tally to 10 league goals this season

Rafael Benitez ended up taking the job and Klopp stayed put, but ahead of Wednesday's (AEDT) crunch UEFA Champions League clash against Napoli, the Liverpool manager admitted such a conversation took place.

Despite losing to Chelsea in the penultimate game of the 2017/18 campaign, a 4-0 win against Brighton extends the Red's current unbeaten run to 17 league games.

If there is a recurring theme in Liverpool's rich history in European competition, it is brinksmanship.

"Klopp's side were always expected to take over the top spot from City but remaining there always looked unlikely with City also enjoying a ideal run so far this season, however Liverpool are now the only unbeaten team in the league and have seen their odds to stay like that for the remainder of the season come into 8/1 from 12/1". "We have to make sure we are ready". "It's hard to come in after a successful coach such as Sarri and make changes but they are so good", Klopp told reporters on Monday.

Cannavaro told Italian outlet Tutto Mercato: "Napoli have a good team even if Anfield is a hard place to go".

Senegalese forward Mane, having recovered from a foot injury sustained against Everton, returned as a second-half substitute in Liverpool's 4-0 win over Bournemouth which took them to the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Even in what has so far been a season of serene progress in the Premier League, their position in the Champions League is precarious. We will not get carried away.

"We just want to win the game, don't concede and then hopefully everything will be alright".

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"We're keeping a lot of clean sheets, but with the players we've got you'd fancy us to score in most games".

"The league is not important at the moment because tomorrow we play Napoli". "We are not really interested in other teams".

"So we all have to learn to deal with it and of course he (Salah) has to as well".

On Sunday, Sterling published a post on Instagram saying that British newspapers are helping to "fuel racism" because of the way they portray young black footballers.

'I came through the tunnel and I asked, "Where is the thing?" and they said you missed it and I hadn't noticed it.

"You saw his face".

"They don't deserve any reaction, they don't deserve any respect".

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