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Match Preview: Liverpool vs Napoli

Liverpool ended last season’s Champions League campaign with Europe’s top prize. The European Champions will be determined to lay down a marker as they look to defend their crown.

This year’s Champions League kicks-off with a trip to Naples.  The Reds will have to be at their best if they wish to bring home all three points against one of the most explosive squads in Italy.

The Merseyside club enters the contest with a perfect record having not dropped a single point so far this season.

Napoli has only one blip on their record coming from a 4-3 loss to Juventus.  A heartbreaking last-minute own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly sent the Neapolitan club packing in the second fixture of their Serie A season.

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Carlo Ancelotti will be without Arkadiusz Milik due to an injury sustained during preseason.  Also in doubt is Lorenzo Insigne whose racing to regain match fitness after picking up a knock.

Recent History

Liverpool and Napoli have become familiar rivals as of late.  Last year, the two sides were drawn in the same Champions League group. They have also come together in preseason each of the previous two summers.

Results of these recent matchups have been split.  Both teams winning one Champions League tie and one preseason friendly.

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While the friendly games have been lopsided affairs, nothing could be further from the truth regarding the Champions League contests.  Each meeting only producing one goal apiece.

Liverpool Team News

Origi was replaced in the 37th minute of the Newcastle match due to an ankle twist.  Initial reports indicate the injury isn’t too serious.  However, Divock’s availability against Napoli is in doubt.

Jürgen confirmed Naby Keïta will resume full training this week.  While Tuesday’s fixture comes too soon for the midfielder, the Guinean could be in contention for Chelsea.

New photos coming from Melwood have fans excited as Alisson looks to be taking part in light training.  Despite the good news, Klopp’s recent comments suggest Liverpool will need to wait another month before the keeper can make a return.

Nathanial Clyne’s long-term injury will keep him out of the squad for the foreseeable future.

Predicted XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Kick-Off: Tuesday 20:00 UK Time

Come on you Mighty Reds!

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