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LIVE: All the build-up to Liverpool v Napoli at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:37

Klopp: We'll just go for the best result

So, how do Liverpool approach this task? For the manager, it's case of blocking out any talk of permutations...

"We should ignore all the rest around and try to get the best result we can get," he told Liverpoolfc.com. "We always go for a clean sheet, we never want to concede goals - so that's not a big difference.

"We have to defend them with all we have, we have to defend them much better than we did in Naples. And we have to play better; that's easy because that was our worst game of the season. So we will be better, I'm pretty sure - not only because of us but because of the atmosphere as well.

"We need Anfield, we need a special atmosphere. I really think the boys deserve that. Everybody here knows how big the influence can be and that could be an advantage. If it's enough, we'll know after the game."

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LIVE: All the build-up to Liverpool v Napoli at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:37
Follow all the action as Liverpool host Napoli in their crucial Champions League tie at Anfield with our live matchday blog.
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10 unforgettable European nights at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:21

As Liverpool prepare to host Napoli in a crucial and potentially dramatic Champions League tie at Anfield, we have picked out 10 of the most unforgettable European occasions at the stadium.

After so many thrilling nights under the floodlights, picking out our favourites was a difficult - but enjoyable - challenge.

Take a walk down memory lane with our list below...

1. Chelsea, 2005

Rafael Benitez guided Liverpool to the Champions League final with a never-to-be-forgotten victory over Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. After a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the semi-final, hopes were high that the Reds could make this a special night. Fans gathered inside the ground earlier than usual and the atmosphere was truly something to behold.

When the action got under way, the home side made the perfect start - Luis Garcia netted in the fourth minute with a goal that of course crossed the line.

The drama continued until the very end and, with six minutes of stoppage-time added, Eidur Gudjohnsen had a last-gasp chance to win the tie for Chelsea on away goals. Anfield held its collective breath but the shot was dragged wide in front of the Kop and Liverpool were off to Istanbul.

2. Saint-Etienne, 1977

This is the night David Fairclough was immortalised.

Coming into the game on the back of a 1-0 first-leg defeat in France, the stage was set as a crowd of 55,043 packed into Anfield. The deafening roar from the Kop grew even louder when Kevin Keegan levelled the tie in the second minute.

Their cheers were temporarily silenced on 51 minutes as Dominique Bathenay fired a spectacular effort beyond Ray Clemence - but Ray Kennedy edged the hosts back in front to set up a grandstand finish.

In search of the all-important third goal, Bob Paisley turned to Fairclough, who came off the bench in his trademark No.12 shirt as a replacement for John Toshack.

And six minutes from time, the substitute latched onto Kennedy's ball over the top and kept his cool to net the winner in front of the swaying Kop.

Fairclough had laid the foundations for the club's first ever European Cup win.

3. Inter Milan, 1965

For some, this remains the greatest ever European night at Anfield.

After winning the FA Cup for the first time against Leeds United at Wembley, Bill Shankly's men stepped into a red-hot atmosphere for the European Cup semi-final first-leg tie.

With Liverpool taking the game to their opponents, Roger Hunt opened the scoring after just four minutes, but the lead did not last long - Alessandro Mazzola gave Inter a priceless away goal.

Ian Callaghan restored the Reds' advantage, though, and Ian St John capped off a special evening for the Anfield crowd by making it 3-1.

Inter would go on to win the tie on a controversial night in Italy, but memories of the first leg remain precious to those who witnessed it.

4. Olympiacos, 2004

The equation was simple: win by two clear goals and the knockout stages of the Champions League beckoned for Liverpool.

Except, the Reds never do things the easy way, especially when Rivaldo drilled a free-kick beyond the reach of Chris Kirkland in front of the Kop for the opening goal.

Benitez played his first card as he unleashed Florent Sinama-Pongolle from the bench and he levelled the scores two minutes after the restart.

Academy graduate Neil Mellor was then brought on and had a night to remember. He made it 2-1 with 10 minutes to play and it was his cushioned header that teed up Steven Gerrard for a sensational and decisive strike.

5. Bruges, 1976

Anfield staged a European showpiece when Liverpool met Bruges in the first leg of the UEFA Cup final.

Things did not get off to a good start, however, as the Belgian outfit established a 2-0 lead going into the half-time break.

But a glorious five-minute spell in the second half turned the tie on its head; Kennedy scored on 59 minutes, substitute Jimmy Case equalised two minutes later, and Keegan netted a 64th-minute penalty.

The latter scored in the second leg, too, as the Reds won 4-3 on aggregate to lift the UEFA Cup.

6. Borussia Dortmund, 2016

Dejan Lovren headed home a memorable winner in front of the Kop as Liverpool reached the Europa League semi-final after an incredible victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Following the 1-1 first-leg draw in Germany, Jürgen Klopp was hoping to inspire his side to a famous triumph over his former club.

On the eve of the Hillsborough anniversary, both sets of supporters joined together to pay a touching tribute to the 96 before the game.

Dortmund made an unbelievable start to go 2-0 up after just nine minutes and, though Divock Origi pulled a goal back at the start of the second half, Marco Reus soon restored the visitors' cushion.

Yet Liverpool were not done.

Philippe Coutinho's superb finish was followed by a Mamadou Sakho equaliser with 12 minutes left to play.

And just as the home side's hopes looked to have been extinguished, James Milner crossed from the right and Lovren powered home a header to send the crowd wild with delight.

7. Chelsea, 2007

Another Champions League semi-final against Chelsea... and the same outcome.

On this occasion, a 1-0 first-leg defeat at Stamford Bridge had to be overturned.

An expectant crowd packed into Anfield early and their support was rewarded when Daniel Agger netted in the 22nd minute after a clever free-kick routine.

With Jamie Carragher making a record-breaking 90th European appearance in a red shirt, he and Agger nullified the threat of Didier Drogba.

And Pepe Reina was the hero in the subsequent penalty shootout, saving two spot-kicks from Arjen Robben and Geremi.

It was left for Dirk Kuyt, the man for the big moments, to slot home the winning kick and send the Reds to Athens.

8. Real Madrid, 2009

Liverpool produced an absolute masterclass to take Real Madrid apart in the Champions League at Anfield.

Fernando Torres opened the scoring and Gerrard added a double, including a penalty.

Substitute Andrea Dossena then came off the bench to net a last-minute goal and wrap up a stunning 5-0 aggregate victory over the tournament's most successful team.

9. Manchester City, 2018

Of the several special Anfield nights en route to Kiev last season, the all-Premier League showdown with Manchester City perhaps tops the lot.

Many neutrals had Pep Guardiola's side as overwhelming favourites but Klopp's men came up with the perfect game plan to blitz the visitors.

Liverpool were 3-0 up after just 31 minutes. Mohamed Salah netted the opener, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain blasted in a spectacular strike and Sadio Mane was also on the mark.

The clean sheet in the second half proved just as vital as the Reds marched on to the semi-finals.

10. Borussia Moenchengladbach, 1973

Liverpool won their first ever European trophy with a 3-2 aggregate victory over German outfit Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The first leg at Anfield was a thrilling affair as Keegan - who also missed a penalty - scored twice and Larry Lloyd was on the mark.

Clemence saved a spot-kick from Jupp Heynckes to ensure a 3-0 victory and the stop turned out to be vital; a 2-0 loss in the reverse meeting was not enough to prevent Shankly's Reds from winning the first of the club's many European trophies.

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10 unforgettable European nights at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:21
As Liverpool prepare to host Napoli in a crucial and potentially dramatic Champions League tie at Anfield, we have picked out 10 of the most unforgettable European occasions at the stadium.
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LFC presents signed poppy jerseys to Royal British Legion

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:00

Trent Alexander-Arnold made a special presentation to the Poppy Appeal at Anfield, handing over the 18 signed Liverpool shirts proudly worn for the game against Fulham on Remembrance Sunday.

The jerseys are now being auctioned online by the Royal British Legion, with all monies raised going to the Poppy Appeal.

Two service men from the RAF, Sergeant John Bullock and Corporal Jeremy Ambrose, received the special shirts alongside Bill Martin, RBL County Secretary for Merseyside and West Lancashire.

All 18 items are now available to bid for on eBay and all funds raised will help the Royal British Legion support today’s generation of armed forces families and veterans, whether living with an injury or illness, coping with bereavement or finding employment.

Alexander-Arnold said: “The team was extremely proud to wear the poppy, to show our respects to the armed forces for the amazing work that they do and the sacrifices they make to serve our country.”

Last year, the special edition poppy shirts worn by the Reds during the Remembrance fixture against Huddersfield Town raised £18,759.21 for the Royal British Legion.

“For the past nine years we have received an incredible amount of support for the Poppy Appeal from the club and their fans and I would like to thank them on behalf of the Royal British Legion,” said Martin.

“This backing is so important and helps us to raise vital funds to enable us to continue delivering essential work to serving members of the armed forces and ex-personnel across the Merseyside region and beyond.

“Last year, the Liverpool FC shirts donated from the Huddersfield Town game raised a massive £18,759.21 for the Poppy Appeal, and it would be fantastic if we can match or, even better, surpass this.”

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LFC presents signed poppy jerseys to Royal British Legion

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:00
Trent Alexander-Arnold made a special presentation to the Poppy Appeal at Anfield, handing over the 18 signed Liverpool shirts proudly worn for the game against Fulham on Remembrance Sunday.
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Virgil van Dijk has no doubts over Liverpool’s European and league priorities

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:57

Defender Virgil Van Dijk insists Liverpool can handle a double-pronged assault on the Premier League and Champions League.


Jurgen Klopp’s side face a must-win encounter at home to Napoli on Tuesday night in which they must emerge victorious either 1-0 or by two clear goals to avoid failing to progress beyond the Champions League group stage.

Having gone ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend – when their main title rivals lost at Chelsea – the Reds have to maintain their momentum and Van Dijk sees no issues with them doing that while retaining an interest in Europe’s top club competition.

“At Liverpool there is always a lot of pressure, but it is good pressure,” said the Holland defender.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“You want to play in these circumstances, a night like tomorrow. You want to be getting the job done before tomorrow – but now we are here.

“I definitely look at the squad and think it can compete on two fronts. We still need to show it but I think we are definitely capable of competing in both competitions. Hopefully that will be the case.”

Failure to beat Napoli, and by the required outcome, would mean Liverpool potentially dropping into the Europa League, although that is also dependent on whether Paris St Germain can avoid defeat against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.

It is not a scenario Van Dijk or any of his team-mates are even considering.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“That is something I am not even going to think about, so I wont answer. Hopefully that isn’t going to happen,” added the Dutchman, who rejected the suggestion going out of Europe altogether would be a blessing in disguise in terms of the title race.

“I don’t think they are Liverpool fans (if they are saying that).

“We want to compete on the highest level. We are top of the league now, but it could change next week. You never know.

“The main thing for us is to stay on the highest level and to do everything we can to go through. It is going to be a tough game but I am very confident, like always in my team.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mate Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“There is a lot of pressure to hopefully keep a clean sheet and score as many goals as possible.

“It is a fantastic game to play and a fantastic game to look forward to as well and hopefully it is going to be a special night for all of us.

“We should be confident about the situation. We are top of the league and we still have a chance to go through in the Champions League, it’s in our hands a little bit. We need to go out and play our game.

“We have not been at our best in the Champions League so we deserve to be in this position where we are now and, if we don’t win tomorrow, we don’t deserve to be in the Champions League.”

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Liverpool v Napoli: Tickets sold out

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:36

Tonight's Champions League clash with Napoli is now sold out.

Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel to Anfield for the 8pm GMT kick-off.

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Liverpool v Napoli: Tickets sold out

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:36
Tonight's Champions League clash with Napoli is now sold out.
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Klopp: The boys know what they need to do tonight

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:21

Liverpool's squad are relishing the opportunity that awaits against Napoli this evening and the chance to create another special Anfield occasion, senses Jürgen Klopp.

The Reds must defeat their Italian opponents in the final game of Champions League Group C if they’re to progress into the last 16 of the tournament.

A 1-0 victory will do, but should Napoli score, Liverpool will need to triumph by a two-goal margin to advance in the competition.

And despite the must-win nature of the contest for his team, Klopp feels his players are eagerly anticipating the chance to make it the latest addition to the list of European occasions to savour at Anfield.

He wrote in his column in the official matchday programme: “I always thought this group would come down to the final round of matches before we knew where our destiny would lie, so there is no sense of shock or surprise we face this challenge tonight. It has rightly been described as probably the toughest and most competitive group in the competition this season. PSG, Napoli and Red Star are outstandingly good teams and we are not too bad ourselves.

“Of course, I will not hide away from the fact that we face the situation we do because our performances and results away from home in the Champions League have not been to the high standards we hold ourselves to. If we earn the right to progress clearly it is something we will look to address. But we should also not ignore the fact that our future in the competition remains in our own hands, because we have been really good at Anfield.

“We all know what we have to do to qualify for the knockout stages. We won’t be looking to Belgrade for help or assistance as it’s completely irrelevant to us. We have a job to do – a game to win – and if we give our best I think we have a real opportunity. It’s about this game.”

Klopp continued: “Napoli were already going to be a tough opponent because they have such outstanding players, but when you add the brains and leadership of Carlo [Ancelotti] it makes them a real contender to go the distance in the competition I think.

“But as much as we respect Napoli, I think tonight is about us and our potential, so that is where our focus will be entirely. We know we have the quality, we know we have the mentality and we know we have the belief to do what is required. We are so blessed at Liverpool to have a dressing room of players who embrace moments like these. They will relish being part of this occasion. They want to create their own memories and history – their own stories. They will look to make the night one of joy for our fans.

“Whichever 18 names appear on our teamsheet tonight we, as the LFC family, know we can trust each and every one of them. This is important. Our boys know they have to be smart as well as passionate. They know they’ll need to be courageous, but also responsible. We don’t need to win this tie in the first five minutes, so patience will be critical also.”

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Klopp: The boys know what they need to do tonight

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:21
Liverpool's squad are relishing the opportunity that awaits against Napoli this evening and the chance to create another special Anfield occasion, senses Jürgen Klopp.
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Henderson: Milner is a role model for all of us

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:02
Jordan Henderson has revealed how Liverpool were eager to mark James Milner's 500th Premier League game with a victory at Bournemouth on Saturday as he described him as a role model for footballers of all ages.
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View from Napoli: 'We'll see two quality sides going at each other'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:00

Liverpool host Group C leaders Napoli in a must-win Champions League clash under the Anfield floodlights on Tuesday night.

The Reds are guaranteed to progress to the knockout phase if they beat Carlo Ancelotti's side 1-0 or by at least two clear goals in their final pool match.

Napoli defeated Liverpool 1-0 at Stadio San Paolo in the reverse fixture, thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Lorenzo Insigne, and are unbeaten in twelve matches in all competitions.

So, what can we expect from Serie A's second-placed team at Anfield?

We caught up with I Partenopei fan and blogger Roberto Simone (@NapoliOutsider) to find out...

Are Napoli fans confident heading into this match?

It's a bit of a mixed bag, to be honest. In Naples we usually tend to brace for the worst while hoping for the best. Obviously Napoli fans are confident in the team's strength, but at the same time they know how good Liverpool are.

The Reds were Champions League runners-up last year and they are leading the Premier League as the only unbeaten side there. It's going to take a great performance to come out of Anfield without a loss.

Ancelotti was in the process of winning over the fans last time we spoke, has he done that now?

Absolutely. There is still a minority that minimises his merits and mentions predecessor Maurizio Sarri every time Napoli don't win, but I would say that at this point well over 90 per cent of fans are with Carlo.

He has shown tremendous leadership and versatility and just by listening to him and seeing his work day in day out, you can tell why he's won so much during the course of his career.

Will he make any tactical changes to the side that beat Liverpool in October?

Not at the start, but he employs a very fluid 4-4-2. The game always starts with that formation, but then it evolves depending on the opponent. Sometimes he will play Nikola Maksimovic and his interpretation changes the face of the defence, as they will play some moments with a three-man line.

Also, the left winger will often come in field, allowing the left-back to push on, and the role of the right winger is also very variable.

Against Frosinone [in Saturday's 4-0 win], Napoli ended up playing a true 4-3-3. In other games it ends up being a 3-5-2 or even a 4-2-3-1 and often Ancelotti will employ more than one way of playing within the same 90 minutes.

The starting point is always the same, but fluidity and flexibility have been the main strengths of Ancelotti. His team will morph according to need during games.

Alex Meret, Faouzi Ghoulam and Amin Younes played their first games of the season on Saturday and the first two are theoretical full-time starters. I doubt that they will feature at Anfield, but Ghoulam would provide a huge point of strength, if added.

In the end it should be Mario Rui again on the left side, at least for this game and the next couple of weeks as Ghoulam regains full fitness.

Who has emerged as the driving force for Napoli since that meeting?

Defender Kalidou Koulibaly, midfielder Allan and forward Insigne have formed the team's backbone, the true strengths since the start of the season. But we're talking over the last two months, right? The name then almost has to be Fabian Ruiz. 

He has tip-toed into the line-up and a lot of people didn't know what to expect from the young Spaniard. He has been an absolute monster and he always seems to be in the right place tactically. He can play anywhere on the pitch in the front two lines.

I expect Fabian to start as the left winger and then move wherever there is room between the Liverpool lines, helping out the central midfielders and making runs into space. He has played with leadership that goes beyond his 22 years.

How do you expect Napoli to line up?

I expect the same starting XI as the first leg, with the exception of Dries Mertens for Arkadiusz Milik as the Belgian is more rested.

Milik has scored three goals in his last 95 minutes of play. He will be ready off the bench if needed, along with Piotr Zielinski.

Should we expect goals?

In theory, yes. If Napoli want to make it to the next round, their best bet is to score at least one goal and I doubt they want to risk an Everton-like situation. They are joint top scorers in Serie A along with Juventus, and Milik and Mertens are respectively first and third in Serie A in goals-per-minute ratio. 

That being said, Liverpool have the best defence in the Premier League and Napoli themselves have been very tough to score upon after the first three Serie A matchdays (or after the system change), losing only against Juventus since then. 

We'll just see two quality sides going at each other. Qualification to the next round hinges on this game and the other reason for expecting goals is that the longer a 0-0 persists, the more Liverpool will have to push, increasing Napoli's chance of hitting on the counter-attack. 

Which player should the fans keep an eye on at Anfield?

After praising him so much, I think I'll have to stick with Fabian, but I think Insigne has also shown the he can be decisive in the blink of an eye.

Unbeaten in the Champions League this season, have expectations now been raised beyond a place in the last 16?

No, not really. The last time Napoli won their Champions League group, they drew Real Madrid in the last 16. The draws have been abysmal in the last few years, so we're kind of expecting it to be tough and taking it day by day.

For the fans it's already a win to be leading the group entering the final matchday. We'll try to take the next step now.

What is your prediction for the match?

Heartbreak for someone! In a normal situation I would predict a 1-1, but this is a do-or-die game and anything goes in matches like these.

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View from Napoli: 'We'll see two quality sides going at each other'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:00
Liverpool host Group C leaders Napoli in a must-win Champions League clash under the Anfield floodlights on Tuesday night.
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Liverpool v Napoli: Three key battles

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:30

Liverpool face an all-or-nothing match against Napoli at Anfield in their final fixture of the Champions League group stage.

A 1-0 win or victory by at least a two-goal margin will guarantee the Reds' progress to the knockout rounds, but any other result could mean elimination.

It's a high-stakes clash, and here are three key battles that could help determine the outcome of the tie...

Mohamed Salah v Kalidou Koulibaly

Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly was unveiled as a contender for UEFA's Team of the Year on Monday and it's easy to see why.

The 6'4" colossus played every minute for Senegal at last summer's World Cup and has started all 20 of Napoli's games across all competitions this season.

Quick, tall and powerful, he is the rock at the heart of their defence. An excellent ball-winner on the deck and in the air, he's also composed in possession.

Since the start of last season, no player has completed more than Koulibaly's 3,696 passes (per Whoscored) in Serie A.

Salah's average position against Napoli (left) in October compared with against Bournemouth (right) at the weekend.

But he'll have his work cut out at Anfield against Liverpool's leading scorer, Mohamed Salah, who netted a hat-trick in the 4-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth at the weekend to take his season tally to 12 strikes.

Stationed mainly on the right flank in the first clash in Naples, Salah has typically been the most advanced forward for the Reds in more recent matches.

The average position heatmaps above show how the No.11 has evolved into the point man of Liverpool's attack, and that will bring him into direct competition with Koulibaly.

Naby Keita vs Allan

Allan has played more minutes (1,533) for Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli than all but stalwart centre-back Koulibaly (1,800).

Now in his fourth season at Stadio San Paolo, the 27-year-old defensive midfielder has become the lynchpin of I Partenopei’s pressing game and technical build-up play following Jorginho's departure for Chelsea.

Only AC Milan's Lucas Biglia averages more tackles per game in Serie A than Allan's 3.9, but the Brazilian is also more than adept at bringing the ball up the pitch when in possession. This season, he averages a team-high 1.6 dribbles per game, has a pass completion rate of 89.5 per cent and has chipped in with two assists.

His impact on this Napoli side is clear and counteracting that influence is likely to be one key to Liverpool's success.

Reds boss Jürgen Klopp has a variety of midfield options available but the dynamic Naby Keita has really impressed in the last two matches - putting in a Man of the Match performance in the 3-1 comeback win against Burnley and catching the eye once again in Saturday's 4-0 victory at Bournemouth.

A box-to-box player, he features heavily at both ends of the pitch. Against Burnley, he led the team in blocks and possession regains (10) in defence, had more shots (six) and shots on target (four) than his colleagues in attack, and his passing accuracy of 93.2 per cent was better than anyone else in the match.

The energetic Guinean repeated that latter feat against the Cherries at the weekend and could be the perfect option for a must-win game at Anfield.

Whoever wins this battle could well dictate the tempo of the tie.

Virgil van Dijk v Lorenzo Insigne

Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne has emerged as Napoli's star man under new boss Ancelotti.

Shifted from the left to become a central striker, the 27-year-old has scored 10 goals in 19 matches for his hometown club this season.

Nine of those have come in his now regular position as a second striker, including the injury-time winner in the last meeting with Liverpool.

It's a role which allows Insigne to get more involved in the build-up and he's notched five assists this term, with two coming in his last two outings.

In fact, it is this facet of his game that has come to the fore more recently with the striker having failed to find the net in his last five matches.

It's a relative barren run that Reds centre-back Virgil van Dijk will be hoping to extend on Tuesday.

The diminutive Insigne is unlikely to pose an aerial threat to Liverpool's defensive colossus, but his quick feet, trickery and penchant for a clever lay-off could certainly test the Dutchman on the deck.

However, Van Dijk is far from just a physically imposing centre-back. He is more than comfortable on the ball - leading the team with an average of 77 passes per match - and is an excellent reader of the game.

He has plenty of speed to call upon too, should he need it. The Netherlands international has been clocked as the team's second-fastest player this season at 21.5 mph, just behind injured centre-back partner Joe Gomez at 21.6 mph.

This is a battle to keep an eye on.

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Liverpool v Napoli: Three key battles

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:30
Liverpool face an all-or-nothing match against Napoli at Anfield in their final fixture of the Champions League group stage.
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Van Dijk confident for 'knockout tie' against Napoli

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:15

Virgil van Dijk sees Liverpool's Champions League clash with Napoli as essentially a knockout tie – and one the defender is confident his side can win.

The Reds have to claim victory over the Italian visitors at Anfield this evening if they are to reach the tournament’s knockout stages, with a 1-0 result or success by two or more clear goals enough to guarantee progress.

Jürgen Klopp’s team have kept 11 clean sheets in Van Dijk’s 21 appearances this season and the No.4 is determined to add another against ‘one of the most dangerous teams in Europe’.

Ahead of the tie, the Dutchman sat down with Liverpoolfc.com to discuss the task awaiting Liverpool, the strength of the squad’s defensive ranks and more…

On the Reds’ approach to the game…

It’s a knockout tie. We want to win the game but in this case we need to win 1-0 or by a two-goal difference. We’re going to give everything and hopefully that will be enough.

On the confidence he has of a clean sheet going into every match…

I’m always confident in my team and all of the players around me, the whole squad. That’s how you need to play as well, full of confidence, especially at a club like Liverpool. They are a good side and we need to be 100 per cent ready for a good performance. I have a feeling that we will be.

On partnering with Joel Matip in central defence…

He’s a fantastic player. All of our defenders are fantastic players. The manager said at the beginning of the season that we’d need everyone throughout the whole season, so we need to be ready. He is showing that he’s ready, that’s good for everyone. That’s the message for everyone: you need to be ready whenever we need you. If you’re not playing now, you might be playing tomorrow. That’s the situation. Obviously I saw last season how good he can be and how good he is. We’ll just keep going and do it all together.

On his wait for a second Liverpool goal…

It’s not something on my mind. I’m not perfect and I have things to improve – scoring might be something to improve. But as a defender it’s more of a bonus if you score goals. I will try everything possible. But it’s all about keeping it tight at the back and hopefully not conceding.

On what it would mean to qualify from such a tough group…

It would be a big achievement. If you look back at all the games, we could have made it a little bit easier for ourselves. But the situation is how it is. It’s going to be a good game; we face one of the most dangerous teams in Europe and we’ll see what’s going to happen.

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Van Dijk confident for 'knockout tie' against Napoli

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:15
Virgil van Dijk sees Liverpool's Champions League clash with Napoli as essentially a knockout tie – and one the defender is confident his side can win.
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Stats: Robertson set for LFC milestone against Napoli

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:00

Andy Robertson could make a landmark appearance for Liverpool in tonight's Champions League clash with Napoli.

The 24-year-old defender, who joined the club from Hull City in July last year, will play his 50th match for the Reds if selected for the Group C tie at Anfield.

Liverpool will guarantee their place in the knockout stage of UEFA's flagship competition if they beat Napoli 1-0 or win by at least a two-goal margin.

For more need-to-know pre-match facts and figures, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea, read on...

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 23 European games at Anfield and are unbeaten in the last 18 at home, winning 13 and drawing five.

They have found the net at least twice in 14 of the last 20 European matches.

In 11 meetings with Italian clubs at Anfield, the Reds have won seven and lost four.

They have scored in 10 of those fixtures, with only AS Roma, in the 2000-01 UEFA Cup, keeping a clean sheet.

Liverpool have played Napoli at Anfield once before, in the 2010-11 Europa League, when half-time substitute Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick in the final 15 minutes to give his team a 3-1 win.

Roberto Firmino has played in every one of Liverpool's 33 European games under Jürgen Klopp.

He and Mohamed Salah both have 13 goals for Liverpool from 20 European Cup appearances. Only Gerrard (30) and Ian Rush (14) have scored more.

Since the start of last season, Firmino has been involved in 19 Champions League goals, with 12 strikes and seven assists.

Salah has scored 34 goals in his last 37 Anfield appearances in league and cup, and has 24 goals in the last 23 at home.

Napoli have played seven times in England, plus a trip to face Swansea City in Wales, and have never won - drawing twice and losing six times.

I Partenopei have never scored more than once in a game on these shores.

Carlo Ancelotti has faced Liverpool as a coach nine times in his career, winning six and losing three. He was in charge of AC Milan in the Champions League finals of 2005 and 2007.

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Stats: Robertson set for LFC milestone against Napoli

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:00
Andy Robertson could make a landmark appearance for Liverpool in tonight's Champions League clash with Napoli.
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