Napoli handed Liverpool a late defeat in last years group stage but manager insists a triumphant campaign has only made his squad hungry for more
One might expect Liverpool to return to the Champions League stage with an air of superiority 108 days after winning the clubs sixth European crown. Not Jrgen Klopp. He sees a team that feels it still has something to prove to the outside world. On that basis the Stadio San Paolo is the perfect spot for the European champions to launch the defence of their title.
The Liverpool manager believes victory over Tottenham in Madrid merely whetted his players appetite for silverware, not sated it. If you go nuts and start drinking and taking drugs, driving different cars and leaving your missus at home because you are a Champions League winner then I cant help you, said Klopp. We want to create more stories.
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A 100% start and five-point lead in the Premier League backs him up. Champions League glory may have shattered the nearly-men image for manager and team alike yet Klopp takes great satisfaction and encouragement from the desire that continues to burn within his squad. This is a European champion looking to improve.