Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the disappointing defeat by Napoli could boost their chances of beating Manchester City. The biggest match of the Premier League season so far sees the top two teams, who are separated only by goal difference, face each other at Anfield.
Liverpool have drawn most of the plaudits for their start to the campaign but go into the match on a three-match winless run, following a defeat and a draw against Chelsea in the League Cup and Premier League respectively before Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League loss in Naples.
It was not just the result but the manner of it that left Reds fans disappointed, but Klopp sees plenty of cause for optimism ahead of Sunday.
He said: “After the game it felt much more clear they deserved to win than after the analysis. Yes they had more chances, we didn’t have a shot on target. In the last 15 minutes they had two big chances and scored a goal, they had moments more than we did.
“But the crowd was in a lot of moments really unhappy with the Napoli performance. We defended in a lot of moments really good. With the ball, again the timing was not good because we felt under pressure when there was no pressure.
“A lot of times it was really close that it could be good but there was no real perfect decision. Now we will have three days together until we play City and (we could) make the boys aware of what was all wrong.
“But that would mean I forget completely how we played three days before against Chelsea, so we have to stay cool. That’s how it is. It’s not that you miss it overnight.
“That night (against Napoli) the first 15 minutes was an open game with better opportunities for us. We have to start anew. Different game, different opponent, different challenge – unfortunately even bigger challenge.
“My faith in the team is so big. We want to show a reaction. I didn’t want to lose at Napoli but, if you ask me which is the best preparation mood wise, it’s losing a game. We felt it now and we don’t want to have that feeling again so we will fight with all we have for a different result.”