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Liverpool’s starting XI against Napoli in 2010 shows how far we have come under Klopp

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Liverpool face another tough test in the Champions League as we take on Napoli at Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday.

The Reds started their campaign with an incredible 3-2 win over PSG while the hosts drew with Red Star Belgrade.

Napoli won’t be pushovers as they lie second in the Serie A table and this isn’t the first time we would be playing against them. Although the Italians were beaten 5-0 by the Reds in pre-season, we faced them in 2010 during a Europa League clash.

This was a Roy Hodgson side that wasn’t all that great and if we compare the team from 2010 to the one we have now, there is a massive difference in quality.

Liverpool fight for a draw

That Napoli side had a number of quality players such as Mark Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani while the starting line-up for the Reds, well, we can’t really say much for that.

Pepe Reina, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard all started the game but the rest of the team weren’t all that great.

Paul Konchesky, Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing, Christian Poulsen, Jonjo Shelvey, Milan Jovanovic, David Ngog and Ryan Babel were our other starters.

We did see the likes of Joe Cole come on as a substitute but this line-up just shows how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp and FSG.

Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

The Reds have a formidable team at the moment and it has been built meticulously by the German. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are incredible forwards while we have Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri too.

Our midfield is top-quality with the likes of Naby Keita, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum fighting for starting berths. And some stars such as Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Fabinho can’t get regular starts.

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Liverpool have come a long way and with summer recruits like Alisson in the team, we should be in a position to get all three points in Italy.

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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.

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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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