Carlo Ancelotti has revealed the subject of his conversation with Jurgen Klopp moments after Napoli’s Champions League triumph over Liverpool.
The Italians defeated the defending European champions 2-0 in their opening group game in Naples on Tuesday.
A late penalty from Dries Mertens and a stoppage-time strike from former Tottenham hitman Fernando Llorente condemned the Merseysiders to their first defeat of the season.
Seconds after the final whistle, Ancelotti exchanged words with his opposite number, who had a massive smile on his face.
The former Chelsea boss shed some light on his chat with Klopp in the post-match press conference, revealing he told his German counterpart Liverpool will go on to retain the trophy.
He said: “I told him not to worry. Because if he loses here, he tends to go on and win the Champions League. I reassured him!”
Liverpool, of course, suffered a 1-0 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo in the group stage last season, with Lorenzo Insigne doing the damage in the 90th minute.
Ancelotti was thrilled with his troops’ display against the in-form Reds, in particular the manner in which they controlled the game.
“I want to see a team that believes in itself and its quality,” said the veteran manager. “I really liked the way we played when we weren’t in control.”
He later added: “Llorente helped out. The players were tired and the first goal was from a long ball, which isn’t our usual approach, but it’s not an insult to do that sometimes.
“This team must know how to do everything. ‘We brought in important players who improve the quality level of the squad and have different characteristics to what we had before. I have to keep them motivated and that’s not easy, especially when UEFA still have this rule forcing you to keep a short bench and it’s painful sending players to the stands.”
Liverpool will look to get back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon (4.30pm) when they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.