Matchday five is a crucial time for the Reds. Jürgen Klopp can guarantee top spot in Group E with a win. With a lot at stake, former Kop hero Michael Owen has backed Liverpool to breeze past Napoli at Anfield.
Owen came through the ranks at Melwood before shooting to stardom aged 17. He rapidly became one of the greatest strikers on the planet at a young age, picking up the Ballon d’Or in 2001.
In total, the retired forward scored 158 goals in 297 Liverpool appearances. The striker’s Kop legacy was ruined when he joined Manchester United, following spells with Real Madrid and Newcastle United.
The pundit wrote on his BetVictor blog:
“Liverpool will be through to the last 16 of the competition with a win and they will be looking for revenge having lost the reverse fixture in Italy. The Reds rode their luck at Selhurst Park on Saturday but they were excellent against City in their last home game, and I believe they will take all three points from what promises to be another wonderful Anfield occasion.”
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What RTK has to say
Michael Owen won’t be the only one to back Liverpool to beat Napoli. With the Serie A giants without a win in six, they don’t head into the game with bags of confidence.
Frankly, Owen’s horses are more welcome than their owner at Anfield. If there’s one way to make yourself persona non grata around these parts, it’s playing for Manchester United.
Despite his CV, his observation is an astute one: the Reds were irresistible last time they played at home. Jürgen Klopp’s side deliver on the big occasions and there are few bigger occasions than European games under the Anfield lights.