Liverpool will look to end their UEFA Champions League group stage with a win when they host Napoli on Tuesday.
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
Liverpool have won nine of their last 13 UCL home matches (D2, L2).
They have kept three clean sheets in their last four games at home.
The hosts have scored 15 goals in the UCL this season. Only Napoli (20) and Bayern Munich (16) have scored more goals in the UCL this season.
Napoli have won their last 13 games in all competitions.
The visitors are unbeaten in their last 21 games in all competitions (W19, D2).
They have failed to win in any of their last 11 previous attempts away against English opposition (D3, L8).
Head to head
In seven meetings between both sides, Napoli have three wins while Liverpool have two wins.
Latest performances in all competitions
Liverpool suffered another embarrassing loss over the weekend when they were beaten by Leeds United at Anfield.
Goals from Rodrigo and Crysencio Summerville on either side of a Mohamed Salah equaliser gave Jesse Marsch’s men maximum points, ending Liverpool’s impressive record at Anfield.
The Reds will now look to restart on a clean slate at home as they host a side that beat them 4-1 in the opening round. Jurgen Klopp’s men have endured poor showings in recent times against Napoli, losing two of the last three meetings between both sides (D1).
But having already secured passage to the next round, thanks to a 3-0 win over Ajax last time out, Klopp will care very little about that record. However, given that the price for winning the group is avoiding one of the eight group winners, the German will hope that his side can give him a huge win in what will be his 100th UCL appearance as a manager.
Meanwhile, Klopp, who has become the first manager to lead Liverpool to six consecutive group-stage qualifications in the UCL, will also become the first German manager to reach 100 UCL games when he leads his side out at Anfield on Tuesday.
Possible Liverpool starting line-up
Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino.
Injured: Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Luis Diaz, Arthur, Naby Keita
Napoli’s impressive run continued over the weekend as they defeated Sassuolo 4-0.
The visitors have become like a ravaging tornado this season, breaking down every obstacle in front of them on their way to a 13-game-winning run in all competitions.
That impressive form has been sponsored by a devastating attack that has plundered 50 goals in 17 games this season. 20 of those goals have come in the UCL where they are currently the top-scoring side and the first Italian team to score 20 goals in the first five games of the competition.
Their 4-0 at the weekend, which was secured courtesy of a hat-trick by Victor Oshimen and a solitary strike by the in-form Khivcha Kvaratskhelia means that Luciano Spalletti’s men have scored 3+ goals in seven of their last eight games.
Such an impressive scoring record puts them as the favourites for the win in this game. However, a poor return away from home against English teams could hinder the Naples-based side, who have won none of their last 11 games in England (D3, L8).
Possible Napoli starting line-up
Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Juan Jesus, Kim Min-Jae, Mario Rui; Andre Zambo Anguissa, Stanislav Lobotka, Piotr Zielinski; Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Hirving Lozano, Victor Osimhen.
Injured: Amir Rrahmani, Salvatore Sirigu
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Liverpool 2-2 Napoli