Liverpool drew 1-1 against Napoli at Anfield last night after a second half equaliser from Dejan Lovren cancelled out Dries Mertens’ opener.
That means that the champions of Europe must avoid defeat against Red Bull Salzburg on matchday six to ensure safe passage to the knockout rounds.
The Reds took qualification down to the final match of last season’s group stage and still ended up winning the trophy, so there’s no real need for panic around Anfield.
But former Manchester City striker Rodney Marsh was keen to point out that his former employers ‘cruised’ through to the last 16 while the Reds will be in the Europa League if they lose in Austria.
He predicts the Reds will go down 3-1 against a free-scoring Salzburg side, who came back from 3-0 down in the match at Anfield, before Mo Salah clinched a 4-3 win.
And many fans on Twitter were not impressed with Marsh, pointing out that the scenario for both sides was similar last season and it was Liverpool who lifted the trophy in Madrid.
Marsh used to be on Soccer Saturday and is now on SiriusXM FC radio out in America as a pundit, but his views didn’t go down too well…
— Paul Anderson (@PaulAndo1987) November 27, 2019
Tell us again why your were sacked from Sky
— Happy butcher (@happybutcher2) November 27, 2019
Thing is Rod I’d still put more on Liverpool to win the champions league than city. City haven’t got the bottle or the fans to get over the line when it is needed.
— Reginald (@reverand100) November 27, 2019
see what happens and who ends up in Istanbul
— ⭐️⭐️⭐️JohnB⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Johnb2005) November 27, 2019
Champions of Europe big Rodders
— Redalloverthebar (@Smithy2425) November 27, 2019
That's because City group was easy and even then they failed to win every game.
— Imran Shaikh (@i_shaikh82) November 27, 2019
Same scenario for both last season. Remember how that ended ? pic.twitter.com/NWbR9D1Zcl
— Dan S (@DC_Liverpool196) November 27, 2019
No. That’s what you are wishing for. But the reality is, we will probably go through and eliminate city on the way to semi/finals. It’s called pedigree.
— Shabir Ahmed (@AhmedX786) November 28, 2019
What would you know? Have you ever played at that level?
— Martin Fenton (@MartinFenton1) November 27, 2019