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´Embarrassing question´ – Klopp bemused at Naples dangerous city claims despite Liverpool fan advice

SoccerNews in English Premier League 7 Sep 2022

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has scoffed at a question about Napoli being “a dangerous city” despite the club warning traveling fans they could be targeted during their Champions League visit.

The Reds take on Napoli at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Wednesday in their first Champions League fixture since May’s final loss to Real Madrid in Paris, where chaotic scenes unfolded outside the venue for their fans, including bottleneck queues and being sprayed with tear gas.

In the lead-up to Wednesday’s game, The club issued a series of recommendations to traveling fans, warning they could be “targeted for theft, robbery or assault”.

Twitter account Liverpool FC Help posted the recommendations including remaining in their hotel to drink and eat, not congregating in public areas, and avoiding the city centre, which the club’s managing director Andy Hughes reiterated. He added that traveling fans should use official coaches to get to the stadium, rather than make their own way in the interest of personal safety.

But Klopp would not be drawn on that, when asked in Tuesday’s press conference if he believed Naples was a “dangerous city”.

“That’s an embarrassing question from you,” Klopp said. “You want to create headlines. I really don’t understand.

“Are you from Napoli? Do you think it’s a dangerous city? I don’t live a normal life in Napoli. I am protected, I go to the hotel and now you ask me what I think about Napoli.

“You know exactly what people are talking about. If ‘some’ supporters meet ‘some’ supporters then ‘something’ can happen. Nothing to do with the city.

“But I’m not here to create headlines for you, and if you don’t know what to ask anymore then that’s no problem.

“I would love to go to the hotel to be honest and concentrate on the game tomorrow. It looks like you don’t know what to ask anymore because of the question.”

Hughes said the club understood the trip “may be a daunting prospect” for fans in light of the events in Paris.

He added: “Our supporters have faced a number of issues when traveling to Naples in the past.

“I do understand that some fans will want to make an occasion out of this trip. However, in this case I’d urge supporters not to wander into the city on their own, or to be wearing club colours during their stay in Naples.”

Liverpool were grouped together with Napoli in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Champions League editions.

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