Match Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool

Those midweek floodlights are flittering once again as Liverpool kick off the defence of their Champion League title against a familiar tricky opponent in Napoli.

The reds are looking to banish the rare moment of misery when Lorenzo Insigne effort inflicted a last minute 1-0 defeat on Liverpool in a game where they looked second best.

Team News

Allison misses out as he still recovers from his calf injury as he is expected to return to action after the next international break.

Liverpool continue to assess Andy Robertson as he is struggling with a calf injury but has travelled with the 20-man squad.

Naby Keita once again misses out, however is expected to start training again later this week to get himself fit for MK Dons next week.

Divork Origi picked up an ankle injury on Saturday meaning he misses out on the trip to Naples and is expected to spend a short spell on the sidelines, but it doesn’t seem to be serious.

Rhian Brewster was taken off 15 minutes into Liverpool’s Under 23’s match at the weekend which indicates the youngster is expected to be part of the matchday squad.

Predicted XI

As Allison remains absent Adrian will be expected to keep the number one jersey in goal. The two centre backs are expected to keep their successful partnership going at Napoli.

The full backs remain a talking point as there is the argument that Gomez at right back may be a safer option due to danger Napoli, more specifically Insigne will be for the Reds.

Klopp showed his thinking for these daunting away European games where Gomez has been favoured for a bit more security.

If Andy Robertson misses out James Milner at left back would be a option as the veteran has covered that position on many occasions for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp would be expected to stick with his midfield he relies on in these games of Fabinho in the holding position, who Gary Neville had some very high praise for the Brazilian.

Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum are in position to play the number eight midfield role where their energy will be key to dominating the midfield area.

The front three just speak for themselves. They will be looking to add to the 20 goals they have either scored or assisted in all competitions.

What to expect

Redemption

Jurgen Klopp has rarely looked as seething as he did in Naples last season where Liverpool looked a shadow of the sides that went on to win the Champions League. Liverpool looked like they turned up to Napoli with the mentality of not conceding rather than taking the game to the Italian.

There is one big difference this season, the front three as a unit are purring at the moment and will provide a more energetic performance compared to last season where they looked blunt.

Setting the record straight

Liverpool have proved they save their best performances for the big Champions League games, however it has been European away days that have not been that kind to the reds. Last season Klopp’s side only won two out of their six away games in the Champions League, which includes losing all their three away games in the group stages.

This put a lot of pressure on the presence of Anfield to drag Liverpool through knock out ties, just ask Barcelona. Despite this there is no guarantee that Liverpool will go through another whole season unbeaten at Anfield, highlighting the importance of getting away results.

Double century for Bobby

Roberto Firmino could make his 200th appearance for the club against Napoli. Since making his debut in 2015 Firmino has established himself as a fans favourite and irreplaceable as he showed on Saturday with his industrious performance.

Prediction

With this being Liverpool’s toughest away game in the Champions League will be a test for the Reds but they are in fine form winning their first five Primer League games and adding to their trophy collection with the super cup meaning confidence will be high.

I am going to go for a 3-2 win due to the attacking talent on the pitch surely will lead to an open entertaining game.

 

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