Liverpool have warned fans they could be “targeted for theft, robbery or assault” at Napoli ahead of the club’s first Champions League game of the season.

With the Reds’ opening group game against Napoli due to start on Wednesday night, the club issued a series of recommendations, including advising supporters not to wear team colors when traveling.

It is the Merseyside side’s first game in the competition since chaotic scenes unfolded outside the Stade de France in May, where they lost to Real Madrid in last season’s final.

Fans were sprayed with tear gas and routed through a bottleneck near the stadium.

With the experience still fresh in the minds of supporters, Liverpool chief executive Andy Hughes said he understood “the journey can be a daunting prospect”.

The Liverpool FC Help Twitter account posted a series of recommendations, one of which urged fans to “stay in their respective hotels to eat and drink”.

He added: “Fans should not congregate in public spaces and should avoid isolating themselves in areas away from the port area of ​​the city.

“We strongly recommend that you avoid the city center. If you choose to visit, be aware that you could be the target of theft, robbery or assault.”

Fans found themselves stuck outside the Stade de France in May

Mr Hughes said fans had “faced a number of issues when traveling to Naples in the past”.

He advised fans not to make their own way to the stadium “in the interest of their personal safety” and to board official coaches instead.

Mr Hughes said: “Listen, I understand that some fans will want to make this trip an occasion.

“However, in this case, I would urge supporters not to walk around the city alone or wear club colors while in Napoli.”

Manager Jurgen Klopp, in the pre-match press conference, lashed out at a reporter who asked him if he thought City was unsafe.

“That’s an embarrassing question on your part,” Klopp said, visibly angry. “You want to create headlines. I really don’t understand that.

“Are you from Naples? Do you think it’s a dangerous city? I don’t know. I don’t live a normal life in Naples. I’m protected here, go to the hotel and now you ask me what I think of Napoli.”

Klopp added: “You know exactly what people are talking about. If some fans meet fans, something can happen.

“Nothing to do with the city, so I don’t know. But I’m not here to create headlines for you.”

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