It was mission accomplished for Liverpool last night after they beat Napoli 1-0 at Anfield to finish second in their Champions League group and secure qualification into the knockout stage of the competition.
In the end, Mohamed Salah’s finish after the half-hour mark proved to be enough for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly has since come out to admit the Serie A outfit feared what was in front of them.
“It was an important game, we knew they [Liverpool] had to win,” Koulibaly told Sky Italy (via TEAMtalk). “We could avoid that goal and we should have done more to score one. It went differently, now we will do our best in the Europa League.
“Maybe, unconsciously, we feared Liverpool because we know they are very strong and that it’s not easy to play against them.”
Anfield, especially on a European night, has always had a fear factor about it. However, in recent years, it has lost some of that due to the quality of some Liverpool teams that have been fielded under previous bosses such as Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers.
Under Klopp, though, it has been fully restored with no defence in Europe wanting to come up against an attack of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Meanwhile, at the back, as he showed with his important save right at the death, Alisson will also cause forwards to not relish a trip to Anfield either.
With Klopp at the helm and the talent at disposal, Liverpool have their fear factor back, and that will no doubt delight supporters.