If Liverpool wants to overtake Napoli and take first place in Group A, they must defeat them by three goals or more. The travelers, meanwhile, hope to keep their perfect record in the Champions League this year.
Liverpool vs Napoli: Preview
Liverpool defeated Ajax 3-0 in Amsterdam last week to secure their spot in the Champions League’s knockout rounds for the sixth consecutive season under Jurgen Klopp.
Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott goals after the interval sealed the Reds’ advancement to the round of 16. The Reds were on the back foot for the majority of the first half when Mohamed Salah’s goal against the flow of play broke the tie three minutes before halftime.
However, Klopp’s team’s poor season continued on Saturday with a 2-1 loss at home to Leeds United in the Premier League. Crysencio Summerville’s stunning goal with only one minute left in regulation sent the away supporters into raptures.
Meanwhile, Liverpool suffered a humiliating loss the last time they met the Italian giants. However, Napoli traveled to Anfield on three previous occasions and left all three without a victory. However, as far record goes, the Scousers have lost both of their last two games against an Italian side in the Champions League.
The match against Napoli is a special one for the German boss. He is set to mark his 100th Champions League match as a Liverpool and Dortmund manager. A hope of optimism comes for the German fella as Napoli still hasn’t won a game away from home against an English club.
Despite having a great head-to-head record with Liverpool after defeating them 4-1 on matchday one, Napoli’s top spot is not yet guaranteed. Spalletti will be pressing his players to make a statement by making life miserable for Klopp’s team.
The Neapolitans would not want to see their winning streak come to an abrupt end on such a prestigious platform, even though a draw or even a narrow defeat would not be a catastrophe considering that their hard work in terms of their Champions League campaign has arguably already been done.
Due to ongoing injuries, Liverpool will still be missing Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, and Arthur. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also left off the Reds’ Champions League roster because of serious muscular problems.
James Milner, Jordan Henderson, and Ibrahima Konate are expected to start for Liverpool against Napoli in lieu of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, and Joe Gomez given that they have a crucial league match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Liverpool Predicted XI Against Napoli
Alisson, Milner, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Thiago, Elliott, Nunez, Salah, Firmino
With a probable 4-2-3-1 formation, the Scousers are looking to end the group stage on a positive note.
What We Predict at Anfield Home
Liverpool 2-1 Napoli
It is no secret that the Italian giants are on a roll this season. And the last time these two met, Napoli had the upper hand. They will be looking forward to continuing their winning streak. And as we saw this weekend, getting a victory over Liverpool in Anfield is indeed doable.
However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jurgen Klopp won’t take two back-to-back Anfield defeats. And the boys will be looking forward to finishing the group stage in the 1st position.