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Dries Mertens clearly isn't afraid to antagonise Liverpool fans.

Dries Mertens attacks the atmosphere at Anfield ahead of Liverpool v Napoli

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When the draw was made for the 2018/19 Champions League group stages Liverpool would have been cursing their luck.

The Reds had made it to the final of last year's edition but getting out of the group this campaign was always going to be a tough task after being drawn alongside Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.

And that has appeared to be the case.

Going into the final game week of the group stages, PSG have managed to seal progression to the last 16.

They will be joined by one of Liverpool and Napoli, who meet at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Liverpool need to win 1-0 or by two clear goals in order to sneak through the group at the expense of the Italians.

The Reds will be hoping to make Anfield a fortress once again in the clash.

Anfield is perhaps one of the most daunting places to go in European football, with Liverpool fans capable of creating an atmosphere which intimidates opposing players.

However, Dries Mertens clearly doesn't feel that is the case.

Going into the tie, the Belgian forward decided to question the 'This is Anfield' sign in the tunnel.

Dries Mertens has questioned the atmosphere at Anfield ahead of Liverpool v Napoli

“My strongest memory is that they have a sign saying ‘This is Anfield’ and everyone was talking about it, so I was thinking it’s very big, you know,” he told the Times.

“I came through the tunnel and I asked, ‘Where is the thing?’ and they said you missed it and I hadn’t noticed it. So, in the second half, I’m looking at this small thing and asking, ‘Is this so special?’"

And when asked about whether he thought the atmosphere was intimidating, he replied:  “They had a special price for children, so maybe not."

Shots fired by Mertens.

It's no surprise that his comments have wound up Liverpool fans going into the crunch tie.

In all honesty, his comments could go on to spur Liverpool on.

Not only will Liverpool fans inside the stadium want to create the most intimidating atmosphere possible for him, Jurgen Klopp can also use his words in his pre-match team-talk.

Mertens will be hoping that his comments don't come back to bite him.

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