• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool

Date & time: 17th September 2019, 8pm

Where: Stadio San Paulo

Is it on: BT Sport

Referee: Felix Brych


That's 14 straight wins in the Premier League now, since the back end of last season as the Reds stormed further clear at the top of the league. Now five points clear of City.


At the present time, it genuinely looks as if there is no stopping this Liverpool side. We've lost just three times in all competitions since the turn of the year.


So that is how the defence of our Champions League trophy starts this season, and it's against familiar foes in Italian giants Napoli.


Whilst LFC have won their first five league games of the season, Napoli have won twice and lost away to Juventus, whilst they finished last season in similarly patchy form.


For the Serie A side's manager, Carlo Ancelotti though, he'll be looking to the positives of the win over Liverpool in pre-season in Scotland. But this is a much different team now.


Injuries & Suspension


The Reds now have to cope with the loss of Andy Robertson, whilst Divock Origi will be missing as well, meaning Rhian Brewster will take his spot on the bench.


The team will, of course, also be without the talents of Alisson, Naby Keita and Nathaniel Clyne.


For the Napolese, it looks as if the only absentee will be Arkadiusz Milik.


Last 5 games:


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

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


Predicted line-up


With Liverpool having played first this weekend and not playing Chelsea until Sunday, late kick off, the Reds don't have a huge need to rotate too heavily to avoid fitness worries.


However, that said, it's doubtless that Jurgen Klopp will rotate in some way. We expect James Milner to take Andy's place at left back, at least as a precaution for now.


Elsewhere, Roberto Firmino will come in from the start for Divock Origi, with Brewster taking Origi's place on the subs bench.


There may be some rotation in midfield too, with Jordan Henderson coming in possibly for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


Starting team: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah and Firmino.



 
 

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