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Liverpool lock horn with Napoli in Wednesday’s Champions League clash

Wednesday, 3 October 2018


Liverpool can make it two wins from two in this season’s Champions League when they visit Napoli on Wednesday evening.

The Reds visit the Stadio San Paolo on their worst run of form of the season so far, having been defeated and then drawn with Chelsea in the space of three days.

Klopp’s side lost their first match of the season last week when Chelsea beat the Reds in the Carabao Cup.

However, confidence is high around Anfield given the club’s last-gasp win over PSG on Champions League matchday one, which puts Jurgen Klopp’s side in a great position to progress to the knockout rounds of Europe’s premier cup competition.

Klopp has an almost full-strength squad available for the clash against Napoli, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the only definite absentee. Adam Lallana and Divock Origi are doubts for Wednesday’s fixture, but it is unlikely they would be in Liverpool’s strongest line-up anyway.

The biggest question for Klopp heading into the match is whether to include Daniel Sturridge in the starting line-up on the back of the England international scoring goals in both of Liverpool’s matches against Chelsea.

He is on a better run of form than Liverpool’s first-choice attacking trio – all of whom were rather woeful in Saturday’s draw with the Blues – but Klopp may not want to risk Sturridge from the start seeing as Roberto Firmino brings so much more to the table in the defensive phase, and this could prove so important in a European away fixture.

Credit: TalkSPORTS

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