Wednesday night sees Liverpool face Napoli at Anfield. The Reds can secure top spot in their Champions League group if they beat the Italian side. By guaranteeing first place on Wednesday night, Jürgen Klopp would give himself license to rest key players during the Reds’ trip to Red Bull Salzburg in December. Liverpool have been handed a decisive boost for the game due to news of a Lorenzo Insigne injury.
Sky Sports have reported that Lorenzo Insigne has an elbow injury which will keep him out of Wednesday’s tie. The Napoli forward has been in great form for the Italian club this season, bagging six assists and four goals in 15 games across all competitions.
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This could prove to be a decisive factor in this week’s Champions League tie.
For years, Napoli have relied on the brilliance of Lorenzo Insigne to pull them through difficult games. Without him, they will not be half as threatening on the front foot.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team are on a run of six games without a win and this stat doesn’t look like improving due to the Lorenzo Insigne injury.
With their talisman missing they will find it difficult to break with any purpose at Anfield, his pace, vision and dribbling ability will be sorely missed – Napoli will struggle to get out of their own half without him as an outlet. Dries Mertens may be talented but coming up against Virgil van Dijk he won’t win any physical contests and the Dutchman will be able to keep up with his pace.