Liverpool vs Napoli: It is the final round of the Champions League 2018/19 and Liverpool have an uphill task ahead. They’re unbeaten in the Premier League, & a win here against Napoli will help them advance through to the knockout stages. Liverpool are one of the most dynamic sides in Europe & Napoli aren’t doing that badly either in the Italian Serie A. They’re 2nd on the league table. A draw here will take them through & a win will take them to 12 points(top of the table). How will the Italian side fare in one of Europe’s most intimidating stadiums? Liverpool vs Napoli is certainly going to be a humdinger. Two sides who thrive on moving forward with fast counter attacks & this for a spot in the round of 16.
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Match date: 12th December 2018
Kick-Off: 1:30 am, IST
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain & Joe Gomez are the only injury concerns for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp has plenty of options for every position on the field. The kind of a headache a manager wouldn’t really mind having.
Carlo Ancelotti has a plethora of attacking options up front. Arkadiusz Milik has been a regular scorer in the recent games, but Drier Mertens is likely to find a place in the starting eleven. Vlad Chiriches & Simone Verdi are their only injured stars.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Alisson(gk), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dyk, Andrew Robertson, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane, Mohammad Salah, Roberto Firmino.
David Ospina(gk), Nikola Maksimovic, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui, Fabian Ruiz, Marek Hamsik, Allan, Jose Callejon, Drier Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
There’s very little doubt who the Liverpool loyals will want to find the back of the net. Mohammad Salah scored a hattrick against Bournemouth in their last Premier League game & the Egyptian King will be the player to watch out for. He’s scored only two in the Champions League but his ability to dribble past players in tight areas & also to find a special pass makes him a favourite contender to lead your FanFight fantasy football teams.
Drier Mertens is one of the best midfielders in Europe & he’ll look to seal the deal for Napoli in this Champions League fixture. Milik, Insigne & Mertens have all scored 7 goals each in the Serie A. The Liverpool rearguard have some quality to defend against & the margin for error is absolutely minimal. Mertens will be the player to keep an eye on.
FANFIGHT FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM FOR LIVERPOOL VS NAPOLI
This will be the 4th meeting between the two sides. Both sides have won one each and drawn one.
In the reverse fixture, Napoli beat Liverpool 1-0, courtesy a Lorenzo Insigne goal in the 90th minute.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 18 successive European matches at home. The last they lost was back in October 2014 against Real Madrid(0-3).
Napoli haven’t won any of their last 6 Champions League away games having lost 4 & drawn 2.
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