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Napoli v Liverpool: preview and possible line-ups

Pin Napoli v Liverpool - preview and possible line-ups. AFP
Napoli v Liverpool - preview and possible line-ups. AFP

Napoli v Liverpool: preview and possible line-ups

Paul Singh by Paul Singh @besoccer_com - 0 1,216

We preview and include possible line-ups for the Champions League 2019/2020 group stage game between Napoli and Liverpool from the Stadio San Paolo. Both teams will be looking to start with a win.

Team news

Napoli: The big news is that Lorenzo Insigne is fit despite picking up a minor injury against Sampdoria,  Milik is still unavailable with a groin injury and Hysaj is a doubt. Fernando Llorente will also be able to get revenge on Liverpool for his Champions League final defeat with Tottenham.

Liverpool: Naby Keita will miss the game with a hip injury and Alisson remains out so he will not be able to repeat his heroics from last season. Divock Origi will not play after going off with an injury to his ankle against Newcastle on Saturday. Firmino, who came off the bench on Saturday, should start and Henderson could take the place of Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

Managers thoughts

Ancelotti thinks Napoli are a better team than the one that faced Liverpool last term and that they will not be an easy nut to crack. "It'll be a hard fought match as we'll be facing the best team in Europe." The Napoli coach also stressed on the importance of keeping a clean sheet. "The defensive aspect is very important in games like these. We'll need the perfect game (to win)."

Klopp is not fussed by the state of the unfinished San Paolo dressing room because he thinks "it will be sorted by the time we come." He also said Andy Robertson was an injury doubt for the fixture and that a last minute call would be made. He will be giving a full press conference later on Monday evening.

Did you know?

The two clubs met twice in the group stage last season. Both home teams won 1-0 on those occasions. Before that, their last meeting in Italy was in the 2010-11 season of the Europa League which ended 0-0. 

Recent form

Napoli: beat Sampdoria 2-0 on 14/9, lost 4-3 at Juventus on 31/8 and won 3-4 at Fiorentina on 24/8 in Serie A. Lost 2-1 and 4-0 in two USA friendlies with Barcelona on 8th and 10th August. 

Liverpool: won 3-1 v Newcastle on 14/9, won 0-3 at Burnley on 31/8, beat Arsenal 3-1 on 24/8 and defeated Southampton 1-2 on 17/8 in the Premier League. Also drew 2-2 with Chelsea before winning 5-4 on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup on 14th August. 

Possible line-ups

Napoli: Meret (GK); Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui; Callejon, Ruiz Pena, Elmas; Zielinski, Lozano, Mertens

Liverpool: Adrian (GK); Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Paul Singh

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