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Henderson calls for more Champions League success

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Liverpool team captain Jordan Hendeson has called on his teammates to bring more Champions League success to the Club.

Liverpool prepares to face Italian side Napoli as the defence of their Champions League crown begins.

In an interview reported by the Daily Mail, team captain Henderson is rallying the troops.

The hope is to fire up their hunger for more success, in arguably the biggest club trophy on the plant.

While Jurgen Klopp and his men would love to break the 30-year wait for a league title, they will not want to sacrifice the defence of their European crown for it.

The group pairing of the two sides is a repeat of last season.

Henderson still has vivid memories of the 1-0 defeat inflicted on his side in Naples, but hopes for better this year.

He said:

“When we came here last year we didn’t perform very well, at all, I’m sure the manager will tell you that.”

“I can remember analysis after that game and I think we improved a lot since that game and we used that game to improve a lot.”

“Hopefully tomorrow night will be a different story, the performance level is much better and if that’s the case then we have a better chance to win of course.”

“It will still be a tough challenge because Napoli are a good side.”

Jurgen Klopp’s take on the game is quite pragmatic.

He said:

“Last year we learned from the first game and we used that experience in the second game (a 1-0 win for Liverpool).”

“If you don’t defend with all you have you have no chance against Napoli. They are so strong, I really like watching them.”

“Am I sure something like that cannot happen again? ”

“No, of course not, but the boys give me no signs that I can doubt them but it’s still football, we’re human beings and things like this can happen.”

“We will try to reach the level of last year again…but we want to be as consistent, at least, as last year but play our football of this year.”

“Use the skills, use the confidence when it’s there, get it back when it’s not there.”

“Use the momentum when it’s there, get it back when it’s not there, stuff like this. Stay in the game, fight for everything.”

“Improvement we will judge at the end of the season.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Merchandise for sale prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Anfield on December 11, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)