2019-20 UEFA Champions League: Group Stage – Liverpool vs Napoli

Liverpool welcome Napoli to Anfield in the knowledge that a win for either team will see them qualify for the knockout stage. 

Defeat here and Liverpool will face a must-win final group game away at Red Bull Salzburg. 

 

Team news

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Xherdan Shaqiri is set to be available for Liverpool after missing the last month with a calf injury. 

Naby Keita however is a slight doubt after suffering a bout of illness after beating Crystal Palace but trained on Monday. 

Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne meanwhile are still absent with knee injuries. 

Napoli could be without Lorenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik due to respective elbow and stomach injuries. 

Kevin Malcult is definitely ruled out with ligament damage. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in three of their five previous meetings with Napoli (W2, D1, L2). 
  • Napoli have lost their previous two trips to Anfield in which they scored once and conceded four goals. 
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored three goals in Liverpool’s last two Champions League games. 

 

Prediction

Given Liverpool’s home form, it is hard to see them losing here but Napoli will give them a good test, particularly defensively where they’re vulnerable. 

Late mistakes cost them in September but with Mohamed Salah fully rested, I fancy Liverpool to take a clinical yet comfortable win here and seal qualification. 

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Napoli

Result: Liverpool 1-1 Napoli

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