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3 things for Liverpool fans to watch in Belgium v Italy

Belgium will take on Italy in what is undoubtedly the tie of the round in the Euro 2020 quarter-final tonight.

While there are no Liverpool players involved, there is certainly reasons for Kopites to watch.

Here are three things for Liverpool fans to keep an eye on in tonight’s 8pm kick-off.

Barella/Locatelli vs Tielemans

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The key to any football game is the midfield. The same applies in Belgium vs Italy.

Roberto Martinez will set up in a 3-4-3, with Roberto Mancini sticking with his Liverpool-style 4-3-3.

There will be three players playing that Liverpool should be watching at potential Gini Wijnaldum replacement. Belgium’s Youri Tielemans will face off against Italy’s Nicolo Barella and Manuel Locatelli.

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Despite being one of the players of the tournament, Locatelli may not start due to Marco Veratti’s return to fitness.

However, he is certain to get a good few minutes off the bench.

He and Barella play the same No 8 style as Jurgen Klopp uses at Liverpool, so Reds can fantasize about how they could fit in if they are signed this summer.

Meanwhile, Tielemans will hope to not get overran alongside Axel Witsel in the Belgium double pivot.

We would argue that Liverpool may go for whichever of the trio that has the best game tonight.

The Italy right flank

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Another key battle in this game will take place before the match even starts.

Who will Italy choose to play on the right-wing – Domenico Berardi or Federico Chiesa?

Sassuolo’s Berardi has got the nod thus far, but that could change tonight due to the impact that Chiesa made off the bench in the last-16.

Liverpool are said to be interested in Berardi (according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia.

Meanwhile, Chiesa was arguably Juventus’ best player last season and is one of the very best young wingers around.

We all know that Liverpool need a right-winger, so could Berardi or Chiesa be that man?

A cameo for Doku?

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Despite RTK picking Jeremy Doku as a one to watch in Group B before the tournament, the Belgian has only played in one game thus far.

He was outstanding against Finland in the final group match.

However, he could have a chance of getting on the pitch tonight now that Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne are injury worries.

He has been linked to Liverpool in the past, and even confirmed to Ouest-France that he turned down a move to the Reds a few years ago after talking to the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Sadio Mane.

We know the manager is a big fan, so Kopites should keep an eye on a player that could well end up at Anfield someday.

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