Predicted XI: Napoli (H)

Liverpool face Napoli tonight in an attempt to top group E of the Champions League. A win is vital as we can rest the first team in Austria against Salzburg to help the workload ahead of the Christmas period.

This is probably going to be the most predictable “predicted XI” in history. With no disrespect to Brighton, we should be able to overcome them on Saturday despite playing a full-strength team tonight.

GK – Alisson 

Obviously. 

RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold

After a relatively low-key performance on Saturday, Trent might be keen to bounce back to some extent. Napoli will test him, as they did last year with players like Dries Mertens bringing somewhat of a threat and it’ll be interesting to see whether Trent will cope.

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CB – Virgil van Dijk

Again, obviously.

CB – Dejan Lovren 

Dejan has performed admirably over the past few games which leads me to believe he’ll keep his place above Joe Gomez. This is perhaps unfortunate for Gomez but Lovren has done well since he’s come into the team.

LB – Andy Robertson 

Who else?

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CM – Fabinho

With the Brazilian behind suspended for Saturday, he’ll obviously play tomorrow evening. Our midfield looks lost without him nowadays so he’ll definitely feature tomorrow.

CM – Jordan Henderson

It’s very unlikely that Henderson will be “rested” for tomorrow. He is part of our, arguably, best midfield and works well with Fabinho in a defensive way. With the quality of players Napoli possess, Hendo will provide us with the defensive stability we need.

CM – Gini Wijnaldum 

As much as I’d like to see Naby Keita get a game, it’s unlikely that Gini will rotate out of the side for the Guinean. Off the back of scoring a hattrick on international duty, hopefully, the Dutchman can carry his form into a red shirt, something he has failed to do previously.

RW – Mo Salah

Mo was going to come on against Palace on Saturday until Firmino scored the late winner so this leads me to believe the Egyptian is fit and ready to play. Our attacking play looks much worse without him and, we saw last year, he can do damage to the Napoli backline.

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ST – Roberto Firmino 

No one else realistically starts over Firmino, he is the system and will be vital if we are to get a win tomorrow.

LW – Sadio Mane 

As much as one may be tempted to start Origi on the left, a full-strength side is vital if we are to win and Mane looks like a man on a mission at the moment. He’ll definitely play.

Hopefully, the Reds can get a result against a good side and top the group outright. This will then increase our chances of a “favourable” draw in the Round of 16 and will alleviate the workload in December. 

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