Ancelotti wary of Liverpool threat after Dublin mauling

Sturridge came off the bench to equalise late on against his former club Chelsea

Sturridge came off the bench to equalise late on against his former club ChelseaJOHN SIBLEY REUTERS

"I'm surprised by the referee designation. a long time has passed and time usually heals certain things, but does not banish them".

According to Metro, Hazard said to Sturridge, "To be fair, it's not bad, it's not a bad goal". We will see, maybe we will make one or two changes or whatever - maybe more - but it's all about this game.

"Liverpool have improved a lot, they managed to reach the final past year and they started the season very well". If you play tennis and your forehand is good but the next day your forehand is not there, you think, "What is it?" Now he is not scoring and people are saying he is in a hard situation.

"But coming into a game like this, constantly in (potentially scoring) situations that makes him a world-class player".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists that his team are in good shape and playing with rhythm, and should look to exploit it when they take on Napoli on Wednesday, without thinking too much about their next Premier League match against Manchester City. There was a wry grin from the German, however, when Ancelotti's comments were relayed to him on Tuesday night.

Klopp returns to the Stadio San Paolo for the first time since he was handed a two-match touchline ban for berating the fourth official in 2013 when visiting with Borussia Dortmund.

"But what Jurgen Klopp has done very well is let everyone know where they stand and even if that means you're on the bench 90 per cent of the time, then you know that if one of the regular starters dips even five per cent, you're going to get a chance".

"I like Carlo Ancelotti. And as we say in Germany, he's obviously a smart fox", said Klopp. He's a fantastic guy, he was a world-class player and he's a world-class manager.

"Saying all these nice things about me before a game - it's nice, obviously, but it's tactics". It's nice but it is tactics, it starts already.

"The stewards brought him to me and sat him in front of the TV", Cerrone said.

"We need to have the strength and conviction to play the way we want to play, as we did at times against Juventus".

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