Liverpool, Tottenham & the Champions League
This midweek brings the final round of matches in the Champions League groups.
Both Liverpool and Tottenham have it all to do if they are to progress into the next round.
Liverpool have lost all three away matches in the group.
Jurgen Klopp’s side need to beat Napoli either 1-0 or by two or more goals if they to go through.
As for Tottenham, they need to match Inter Milan’s result on the final day against PSV.
Inter will likely win, meaning Tottenham will need to win at Barcelona to advance.
Why Liverpool will qualify vs Napoli
In the Mail on Sunday, Danny Murphy wholeheartedly backs Liverpool to advance in the Champions League.
Yet when it comes to reasons to back the Reds, the MOTD pundit has little in the way of stats.
Instead he falls back on feelings and cliches. Murphy wrote:
Napoli’s players are used to really big crowds but they might not have experienced anything like the Anfield roar.
There is nothing for Liverpool to fear. It might sound like the little boy in me, the ardent Red, but I do believe the supporters will be important.
So Liverpool will win because of their supporters?
Tottenham’s chance vs Barcelona
Can Spurs beat Barcelona in the Camp Nou?
Murphy tips a narrow tightrope during his analysis as he attempts to boost Tottenham’s confidence without actually backing them to win.
After going on about why Harry Kane is so good, Murphy then got into the meat of his report:
Spurs will need more than just Harry to get a result at the Nou Camp. Barcelona have already qualified but that may give them a freedom in their play, and you don’t want to face Lionel Messi playing with freedom unless you play as a team with great concentration and tactical awareness.
Pochettino has to play Toby Alderweireld at the back after his surprising exclusion against Arsenal.