Jurgen Klopp’s side have one more game in which to save their Champions League campaign, with a former striker convinced they can still progress
Liverpool can keep their Champions League dream alive, says Craig Bellamy, with another “special” European night at Anfield approaching.
If the Reds are to reach the last-16, then they are going to have to do it the hard way.
Last season’s beaten finalists stand on the brink of elimination following a 2-1 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain, with that result leaving them third in Group C and facing up to a tumble into the Europa League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side do, however, have a home date with Napoli to come on December 11 and a 1-0 victory in that contest, or a win by two or more goals, will see them through.
Former Reds striker Bellamy believes anything is possible, telling Sky Sports: “The special nights that this club has been able to recreate time and time again at this special ground gives you hope straight away.
“This Napoli team is a very good team with a lot of very good footballers, but it is Anfield – and the Napoli players will be aware of that as well.
“I knew as soon as they lost the Red Star game it was going to come back to haunt them because PSG are an outstanding team. You don’t go and spend nearly £200m each on Kylian Mbappe and Neymar without being a game for anyone, especially on their home patch.
“I thought Liverpool did okay [against PSG]. They had a lot of possession and didn’t quite create the chances we know they’re capable of, especially with the forward line they have. But you know PSG are always dangerous on the counter-attack, so you can’t throw everyone at them.
“The Red Star game was the disappointing result. The loss was huge and I always thought the Napoli game at home was going to be the deciding game because of the quality of the teams in the group.
“It’s very rare you get three teams of the quality of Napoli, PSG and Liverpool all in the same group.
“I knew it was going to be a tough ask, but I have a lot of confidence because it’s Liverpool and they are at Anfield.”
While a crunch clash with Napoli awaits, Liverpool have sizeable domestic obstacles to overcome before attention switches back to European matters.
A derby date with Everton is next on the agenda, while a so far unbeaten record in the Premier League will also be tested during trips to Burnley and Bournemouth.
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