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Klopp Responds To Strange 'Ancelotti Boxing Match' Question

Following Liverpool's draw with Napoli in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is believed to have got frustrated when he was strangely asked who would win in a boxing match between him and Carlo Ancelotti.

Click through the gallery above to see some images from Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Napoli.

Napoli have proved to be somewhat of a bogey team for the Reds in recent meetings, with Liverpool having won just two of their past six matches against Gli Azzurri.

The Merseysiders' poor performance drew a strange question after the game from a journalist, who asked Klopp how he would fare against Ancelotti in a boxing ring. The German reportedly answered in a frustrated fashion, insisting he does not care, before giving his take on the game itself.  

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"I couldn't care less who would win a boxing match," he said, according to The World Game.  

"I am a couple of years younger than Carlo. If we were ever in a boxing match, I'd hope I would win, but I'm not sure.

"Obviously, I struggle when I play Napoli so sorry about that. It's more about how good they are. That's how it is.

"Napoli usually play a different kind of football. Tonight they were defending and counter-attacking. It's not easy.

"When a team with the quality of Napoli chooses such an approach, it makes life difficult. They probably would have changed if we had gone 1-0 up.

"Did I expect Napoli to be like this? Probably, yes. Carlo is a smart guy. Napoli might not be in their best moment, so you set up rather defensively and try to deny the strengths of the opponent and use your skills on the counter-attack. That's what they did for their goal.

"We (Ancelotti and Klopp) spoke on the way to the dugout. And then after the game he wished me luck for the rest of the season, and I wished him luck."

Despite Liverpool currently sitting at the top Group E, qualification to the next round will go down to the wire as Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg still have a chance of advancing to the knockout stage.

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While the Reds will play away at Salzburg on 10 December, Napoli will play at home to Genk on the same night.

Do you think Liverpool will still qualify for the round of 16? Let us know in the comments section below.


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