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Keita and Matip to start: Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Napoli



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Liverpool must go into their Champions League clash against Napoli with confidence after their 1-1 draw against Chelsea last the weekend.

A Daniel Sturridge wonder goal ensured we left the Bridge with a point and we could have had all three if our finishing was better.

The Reds dominated possession and had a number of chances to score and are still unbeaten in the Premier League.

Facing Napoli away in the Champions League won’t be easy but three points in Italy will make our remaining group games a formality.

We did well against PSG to start the campaign with a win and here is our predicted line-up for Liverpool against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

Alisson was immense in keeping Chelsea from scoring more than one goal and the former AS Roma man must do well on his Italian return.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

The youngster was decent in the draw against the Blues and hopefully, will keep things tight at the back.

Joel Matip

Joel Matip (CB)

Virgil van Dijk might be rested for the clash against Manchester City on Sunday, meaning we could see Matip get a start against the Serie A team.

Joe Gomez (CB)

The youngster is possibly the best defender in the team after Van Dijk and should keep his place in the side.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Robertson was an important attacking outlet in the game against Chelsea and the Scot should keep his spot in the team.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

The Dutch midfielder had a decent outing in London and he needs to be at his best if we are to get a positive result on Wednesday.

James Milner

James Milner (CM)

Milner worked his socks off in the 1-1 draw on Saturday and the Englishman should keep his spot in the team for this game.

Naby Keita (CM)

Jordan Henderson wasn’t great in the game against the Blues and Keita looked decent and hence, the former Leipzig man could get a start in Italy.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

The Egyptian is missing his touch in the final third but we should persist with him as he could fire against the Italian side.

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Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian did a lot of hard work at Stamford Bridge but could not get a goal. Firmino should work his socks off again if we are to return with a win.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp isn’t concerned about star player’s lack of form this season

Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane had one quality chance that was saved well against the Blues and his pace will be important to unlocking the Naples defence.

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“It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury



Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has sustained a broken thumb, according to reports (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The star was with the national side when the injury occurred during training, and the Liverpool Echo claims Mane would be assessed by the club once he returns to Melwood.

This is another injury that Jurgen Klopp has to deal with from the international break. Virgil van Dijk is still suffering from a rib problem while Mohamed Salah picked up a minor problem for Egypt.

The duo are expected to continue their treatment at Anfield, as per the report.

The 26-year-old Mane has four goals to his name this season, and it will be interesting to see if he plays against Huddersfield at the weekend. Liverpool are tied at the top of the table with Chelsea and Manchester City on 20 points.

Some Liverpool fans were cursing the international break for the number of injuries we picked up while a few believed this was good as Mane needed a rest.

Read more: Former Man United star weighs in on Mohamed Salah’s struggles this season

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli



Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

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Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

Read more: Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker

The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain



Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

Read more: “Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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