• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Liverpool vs Napoli

Date & time: November 27th 2019, 20:00

Where: Anfield

Is it on: BT Sport 1

Ref: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)


The Reds scraped through another 90 Premier League minutes on Saturday afternoon, coming from another near draw to win 2-1 at Palace.


It wasn't the perfect preparation for a massive Champions League tie; a heck of a lot of energy was expended in overcoming Palace but the joy of the late victory will once again have galvanised the team.


On the other hand, the away team come into this game on the back of fives draws and a defeat in their last six games. They haven't won for over about six weeks now.


They also have the small issue of a squad mutiny against the owner, a massive fine of around £2 million across the first-team playing squad and an owner that wants to take centre stage.


It all appears to be in Liverpool's favour then but they actually have to win the game first. It won't be east, that's for sure.


Injuries & Suspension


It's been good news so far, with Mo Salah having been passed as - definitely - fit for the game tomorrow, whilst only Joel Matip appears to be missing for sure.


Andy Robertson apparently played through a lot of pain towards the end of the Palace game, so we may see him miss out as a precaution, depending on how his pain levels are.


Xherdan Shaqiri may be a part of the match day squad, with Jurgen Klopp hopefully looking to re-integrate the player and add more attacking depth to our bench.


For Napoli one definite miss is Lorenzo Isigne, who was left behind in Naples along with Arkadiusz Milik which will almost certainly blunt their attacking line-up.


Last 5 games:


Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-W

Napoli (all comps): D-L-D-D-D


Predicted Line up


With Brighton coming at the weekend, and another crucial Premier League game following a week tomorrow, as in the Merseyside Derby, we may see a little bit of rotation.


We know for sure that Fabinho won't be playing on Saturday due to suspension, so it's a certainty that he'll start and play the full 90 minutes.


But with the likes of Andy Robertson, Mo Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri all working on fitness and coming back from injury, we may see a bit of rotation.


Klopp has stated that Mo is available, whilst Robbo was still playing with pain at the weekend, so he may be considered a risk. We would be surprised if he doesn't start.


Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino.



 
 

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