‘Against them we produce stratospheric performances’: Lorenzo Insigne believes Napoli are Liverpool’s bogey side after four points from two Champions League clashes
Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne has claimed his side are now a ‘bogey team’ for Liverpool after earning a win and a draw from their two Champions League matches this season.
Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente inflicted defeat on the reigning champions in Naples during the opening group stage match in September, before Dejan Lovren rescued a draw after Mertens’ opener in the reverse fixture in October.
In fact, across the last six group stage games between the teams – with two in 2018/19 and two in 2010/11 – they have each managed two wins, two draws and two defeats.
Lorenzo Insigne enjoys Napoli’s status as a bogey team for Liverpool in recent years
‘Every time we meet Liverpool we produce great performances,’ Insigne told Sky Sports Italia.
‘Against them we produce stratospheric performances. We became their bogey side.
‘In two games this season we got four points and this leaves us with great satisfaction.
‘We left Anfield with a draw that served us well, even if we wanted to advance to the next round with a game to spare.’
Dries Mertens has scored two goals in two games against Liverpool so far this season
Insigne was asked about the infamous player mutiny, which has shaped their season.
Insigne added: ‘After the game against Salzburg there was a bit of a mess that could’ve been avoided, but it’s everyone’s fault.
‘We can’t think of the past now, we have to remain compact and united.’