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Napoli v Liverpool: Opposition preview

Liverpool are set to face Napoli for the second successive year in the Champions League group stage. The Naples side were dumped out of the competition on goals scored last season.

Their crucial defeat came on the final match day as Mo Salah scored from an impossible angle and Alisson Becker pulled off an impossible save in order to secure Liverpool a 1-0 victory. Ahead of the first game of the Reds campaign to retain the Champions League, we take a look at their Italian opposition.

Kalidou Koulibaly will take part as Liverpool play Napoli. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Napoli are currently sitting 5th in Serie A. The Blues have notched 2 wins and 1 loss in their opening 3 games in the Italian top flight. That 1 defeat was a gut punch of a loss to inevitable champions Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo’s side went 3-0 up before Napoli returned to level pegging with three goals in 15 minutes.

Juve took all three points when Napoli talisman Kalidou Koulibaly scored an unfortunate own goal in the 92nd minute. This game showed that you can’t write off Carlo Ancelotti’s side at any point. With Liverpool prone to being free scoring, we should be careful to keep our foot on the gas.

Gli Azzurri won 2-0 at home to Sampdoria over the weekend, a game they absolutely dominated. The home side registered 26 shots on goal, a 90% pass accuracy and 68% possession. These are frightening stats to contend with tomorrow. Fabinho will be key to winning the ball back in the middle of the park as Liverpool seek to prevent Napoli reaching the same heights of possession. Dries Mertens netted twice in the win and he will have to perform to his best as Lorenzo Insigne struggles to be fully fit.

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