Carlo Ancelotti has oddly suggested that Napoli’s upcoming tie with Atalanta will be harder than the Champions League fixture with Liverpool at Anfield – downplaying our legendary atmosphere in the process.
Liverpool need to beat the Serie A giants to progress to the knockout stages – although a 2-1 victory will still see our opponents go through because of mathematical complications in regards to goals scored, etc.
The match is being played on Tuesday 11th December, in between Premier League games with Bournemouth and Manchester United, in what’s going to be a pivotal month for the club in terms of our chances in football’s biggest two club competitions.
“We must go to Anfield with courage and play our game,” the Italian said, reported in the Standard.
“Now let’s think about the Serie A game at Atalanta on Monday, which will be more difficult than Liverpool.”
Many a manager has laughed off the power of Anfield under Jurgen Klopp and became unstuck, so we’re delighted Ancelotti’s made these remarks.
Julian Nagelsmann, Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel infamously did the same and lived to regret it, as the Kop cheered Liverpool on to brilliant victories over Hoffenheim, Manchester City and PSG respectively.
Liverpool’s away form in Europe has been nothing short of dire this term, but at Anfield, we very rarely lose or even draw nowadays…
If the crowd arrives in full force, and the team shows a willingness to play on the front foot, we’re confident.