Liverpool face into a must-win clash against Napoli at Anfield tonight if they want to secure passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
A 1-0 victory or any other win with a margin of two goals will see Jurgen Klopp’s side into the last-16 but they face a stern test against a very good Napoli side.
Liverpool lost 1-0 against the Italian club in October at the Stadio San Paolo. That scoreline in favour of the Merseyside club will be enough but their task will be a lot harder if they concede a goal and one man they will have to watch out for is Dries Mertens.
The dangerous Belgian forward was rested at the weekend for Napoli’s Serie A clash with Frosinone and looks set to be unleashed at Anfield tonight.
It’s not the first time Mertens has played against the famous Merseyside club having played at Anfield in a dead-rubber Europa League clash eight years ago.
“My strongest memory is that they have a sign saying ‘This is Anfield’ and everyone was talking about it, so I was thinking it’s very big, you know,” Mertens told The Times.
“I came through the tunnel and I asked, ‘Where is the thing?’ and they said you missed it and I hadn’t noticed it. So, in the second half, I’m looking at this small thing and asking, ‘Is this so special?’”
A do-or-die Champions League clash at a raucous Anfield will likely have more of an impression on Mertens and it’s something which he is expecting.
“I know. But football in Italy is crazy and the people are very crazy too so I think we are used to it. For me, it will push me to a different level, these are the nights we want to play.”
Liverpool v Napoli kicks off at 8 pm.