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Italy isn’t a happy hunting ground for Liverpool: Interesting stats for Klopp’s 50th Champions League game

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Liverpool’s clash against Napoli on Wednesday is Jurgen Klopp’s 50th Champions League game and the Reds must be aiming to pick up all three points in Italy.

The German lead us to the final last season and achieved the same with Borussia Dortmund a few years ago.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t win the prize and Dortmund too missed out on the trophy as they were beaten by Bayern Munich.

The German has turned us into a free-scoring team and as we prepare for the big clash, UEFA shared some interesting stats regarding the 50 games Klopp has managed.

Italian concerns for Klopp

  1. Klopp has only lost two games with Liverpool in the Champions League and one of them was the final against Real Madrid.
  2. The German has lost all three Champions League games in Italy while in charge of Liverpool and Dortmund.
  3. The former Dortmund manager hasn’t lost a European game in October with six wins and three draws in all competitions.
  4. The German’s win percentage is 57% with the Reds and 45.7% with Dortmund.
  5. Robert Lewandowski has scored the most goals in the Champions League under Klopp with 14 but Roberto Firmino and Marco Reus are second on 11 with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane third on 10.
  6. The German’s sides have scored 102 goals in 49 games which is 2.08 goals per game.

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Liverpool should come into the game with a lot of confidence after their battling draw against Chelsea at the weekend. However, we have to be careful of Napoli as the Italians are quality and could harm us if we take them lightly.

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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