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Carlo Ancelotti explains why Liverpool are a better team this season than last

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Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti believes Liverpool have improved since winning the Champions League last season.

The Reds beat Tottenham (opens in new tab) in the Madrid showpiece to claim Europe's biggest prize for the sixth time in their history.

They also set a new club-record points total in the English top flight, although it was not enough to beat Manchester City (opens in new tab) to the title.

And Ancelotti, whose side welcome Liverpool (opens in new tab) to the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday, believes Jurgen Klopp's side have become even stronger since lifting the Champions League trophy in June.

"We're playing the best team in Europe and they haven't dropped any points in the Premier League yet," the Italian said.

"The result is very important in matches like this, but it's even more important we have the confidence to match the best teams out there.

"Last year we were in a really tough group and we very nearly qualified. We're determined to erase the disappointment of last season, which had a psychological effect on us in Serie A too.

"Normally it's the European champions who are favourites, but we hope it ends the same way as last year's game at the San Paolo [Napoli won 1-0].

"Liverpool have improved because winning the Champions League gives you belief. Napoli have improved too and we've bolstered our squad with the addition of some quality players. I think it will be a great game - hard-fought and intense."

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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).