Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Liverpool must give Fabinho a chance to shine against Napoli

Liverpool must give Fabinho a chance to shine against Napoli

"If he was scoring goals like the screamer that earned a draw with Chelsea on Saturday under Brendan Rodgers, you would have been reading one or two "Now play me" articles on these pages this week".

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said Tuesday he was surprised by the choice of Hungarian Viktor Kassai to referee the Champions League Group C game against Liverpool in Naples.

"Liverpool have improved a lot, they managed to reach the final a year ago and they started the season very well".

One in every three is not a bad return, but Liverpool fans have come to expect an average of more than one in two, and his lack of efficiency in front of goal has some of them anxious.

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The Reds are now on top of their group with three points after beating Paris Saint-Germain followed by Red Star Belgrade and Napoli in second and third place respectively after a goalless draw in the first fixture that earned both teams one point. As we say in Germany, "He is obviously a smart fox".

"When the two clubs reached an agreement, Klopp called me a few times on FaceTime and he explained to me his project and what we would do together", Alisson said. But it is tactics - he's so long in the business and trying to bring the nice fellow out of me.

Klopp's last visit to Napoli as a manager saw him sent off in the first half of a 2-1 loss for Borussia Dortmund after his angry response towards the fourth official. He's a fantastic guy, he was a world-class player and he's a world-class manager.

"It was one of the bad experiences I had, to be honest", Klopp said.

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Then, the Reds are up against Manchester City, in a potentially season-defining clash.

"Before I arrived at Liverpool, I said he was one of the best strikers in the league and he shows it when he's fit".

"It was not nice sitting in the stand, getting all the comments, so I chose to watch the second half of the match from the groundsman's room - with a big picture of Diego Maradona on the wall". I still understand why I was not happy with the situation, but the reaction was a bit too much and then they gave me a two game ban. "It's not too nice for the boys but good times for us".

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