Napoli president’s reaction to facing Liverpool in the Champions League says a lot

Despite reaching the Champions League final in the 2017/18 season, Liverpool were placed in pot three for the group stage draw this campaign.

And their low seeding meant they were given an extremely tough draw.

Accompanied alongside Liverpool in Group C are French champions Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Serbian title winners Red Star Belgrade.

Liverpool will have their work cut out in their bid to progress and Jurgen Klopp himself admitted that they had been given a tough draw.

“I expected a difficult group, we have a difficult group and that’s what the Champions League is all about,” he told Liverpoolfc.com after the draw.

“PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League, so that will be two interesting matches.

“Napoli, we beat them in pre-season but it goes without saying these two games will be completely a different challenge.

“Red Star, I watched them last night. They came through and it will be, again, a very, very intense atmosphere I am sure.

“But that’s how it is, it’s the group and I am fine with that. Now let’s go.”

But how do Liverpool’s opponents feel?

The Reds would have been the team to avoid given their place in pot three.

And Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has now reacted to being placed in the same group with Liverpool, and it’s fair to say he isn’t best pleased.

“We are bitter, I will ask for an explanation from UEFA,” De Laurentiis said to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, per the Liverpool Echo.”Liverpool, Champions League finalists, are put in pot 3? It is a disastrous anomaly.”

It’s fair to say he is not happy at all. It doesn’t sound like he’s too confident of finishing above them in Group C.