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Napoli vs Liverpool: Team news, predictions & likely lineups

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/09/2019

Champions League holders Liverpool travel to the Stadio San Paolo to face ​Napoli in their opening game of this season's competition on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp men head into the clash in fine fettle, having earned their fifth successive Premier League victory thanks to a 3-1 win over Newcastle United, while Carlo Ancelotti's side cruised past Sampdoria 2-0 to record their second Serie A win of the season.

Team News

Partenopei will be without flamboyant winger Lorenzo Insigne, as well as Arkadiusz Milik after both picked up minor injuries, while Lorenzo Insigne, who scored the 90th-minute winner in this fixture in Italy last season, has returned to full fitness.

Reds will still be without Alisson, as he continues his rehabilitation from a calf injury picked up on the opening day of the season, while Naby Keita again misses out with a groin injury, and Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term casualty for Klopp.

Head to Head

​These two sides have faced each other twice in the Champions League, last year in the group stages, where both clubs managed to win 1-0 in their respective home matches, while the reversed fixture was a must-win for ​Liverpool as Mohamed Salah grabbed the winner in the first half.

The pair also faced off in the 2010 Europa League group stages, with Premier League side gaining the upper hand in those two encounters with a win and a draw.

Recent Form

Partenopei have been impressive so far this season, winning two of their opening three ​Serie A fixtures and their only slip-up has come against title rivals Juventus, and they were extremely unfortunate to lose as Kalidou Koulibaly's last-minute own goal handed Bianconeri all three points.

Reds are in fine form and are the only side in the ​Premier League to have a 100% winning record. Star duo Mane and Salah have continued their exceptional form, and alongside Roberto Firmino, pose a significant threat to Napoli's defence.

Napoli possible starting lineup: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui; Callejon, Ruiz Pena, Elmas; Zielinski, Lozano, Mertens.

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Prediction: Napoli 1-1 Liverpool
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