‘It’s too early to be saying stuff like that’: Jordan Henderson warns Liverpool team-mates against believing they are favourites to retain the Champions League title on eve of tricky trip to face Napoli
- Liverpool are seen as one of the favourites to win the Champions League again
- Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a perfect start to the new season and are in form
- But captain Jordan Henderson has warned team-mates against complacency
Jordan Henderson has warned his Liverpool team-mates of becoming complacent as the Reds captain dismissed talk the club are favourites to win the Champions League this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were free-flowing and a major force in last season’s competition before they clinched their sixth European crown by beating Tottenham in Madrid.
But ahead of the midweek trip to Naples – where they were beaten in the group stage last season – Henderson wants the club to avoid becoming relaxed at talk they will again go the distance.
It is too early to call Liverpool Champions League favourites, insists captain Jordan Henderson
The Reds skipper has warned team-mates against becoming complacent ahead of its return
‘I think it’s too early to be saying stuff like that,’ Henderson said on Monday.
‘For us, we’ve started the season really well and we just want to continue that on. We still feel that we can improve and get better.
‘That’s what we try to do [against Napoli], we try to give everything and start the campaign off really well.’
The two sides meet at the Stadio San Paolo for a second successive season.
Liverpool have made a perfect start to the new season and are in fine form heading to Naples
In their previous encounter in Naples, it took a stoppage time goal from Lorenzo Insigne to ensure Napoli got a vital win with the group so finely poised between them, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.
This time it appears both sides are favourites to progress ahead of Genk and Red Bull Salzburg but an opening game defeat will be something both sides are no doubt keen to avoid.
Liverpool have made a 100 per cent start to their Premier League campaign while Napoli have suffered one defeat in three games – the dramatic 4-3 loss to title rivals Juventus in Turin.