Liverpool FC vs Napoli: Team News, Injury Report, Press Conference Videos

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Here we go! It’s Napoli at Liverpool FC, a UEFA Champions League group stage clash where the stakes are as high as possible. For Napoli, they need a draw or better to go though. For the Reds, they need a two goal (or better) victory to book a place in the knockout round.  Let’s go through the team news for both sides.

Reds winger Sadio Mane is expected to be in the first team after he returned to the bench in the weekend’s 4-0 rout at AFC Bournemouth. Meanwhile central defender Dejan Lovren missed that road trip due to a head injury. He hopes to recover in time for this epic clash.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction vs Napoli (UEFA Champions League)

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Liverpool host Napoli Tuesday night in a Champions League group stage fixture that is for all the marbles. Cue up the motivational music from the Rocky film franchise and let your cheesy action film cliches fly because this one is literally ALL OR NOTHING!

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has already made the kind of statements that BRING IT ON! saying his side will be aggressive in this one and not hunker down. In the same news conference, Ancelotti brought up a couple games, one domestic, one European, which are certainly sore memories for Reds supporters.

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Liverpool FC vs Napoli: UEFA Champions League Match Preview, FYIs

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Passage to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage is on the line when Napoli visits Liverpool FC on Tuesday night. The Serie A side only needs a draw to get through to the next round, but manager Carlo Ancelotti insists that his team won’t park the bus in this match.

His side currently leads Group C with nine points, while Liverpool is third with six points. Paris Saint-Germain in second with eight so the Reds will need a two-goal victory in order to ensure a place in the round of 16.  A one-goal win for the Reds would then leave their fate up to PSG’s result over Red Star Belgrade, or various tiebreakers.

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Mo Salah Bags Hat Trick, Gives Man of the Match Award to James Milner

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Liverpool continued their historically hot start to their season by thrashing 7th place Bournemouth 4-0 today at the Vitality Stadium. The Reds entered this match having set a club record for points attained at this juncture of the season, and they continued to look like world beaters on Saturday afternoon.

Mo Salah led the way bagging a hat trick, but after the final whistle was blown he refused to accept the man of the match award. Instead he handed the award to his teammate, midfielder James Milner, who made his 500th Premier League appearance in the contest.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction at AFC Bournemouth

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Despite being off to their greatest start in club history, a span of time that stretches over a century and a quarter, Liverpool are still two points behind Manchester City for the top of the table. That’s how difficult a task it will be for the Reds to win the Premier League title this season- they will need to maintain that elite standard all season long in order to potentially unseat the reigning champions.

It’s a marathon of a season, so manager Jurgen Klopp will need to keep his players fresh. Having done some squad rotation in the win at Burnley, the German should have some fresh legs for 1230 pm kickoff on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium.

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Liverpool FC vs Bournemouth Injury Report: Mane, Gomez, Cook, Gosling

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Liverpool FC can boast of the best start to a season (39 points from a possible 45 after matches) that they have ever had at a top tier of English football. It’s the best of their 126 year club history. Up next is a trip to Dean Court to take on seventh place AFC Bournemouth.

Let’s break down the injury and fitness situations for both sides.

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Jurgen Klopp Complains About Burnley Tackles After Joe Gomez Gets Injured

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Much like after the loss at Paris Saint-Germain last week, Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the tactics of his opponent. The Reds battled back came back from a 1-0 deficit to win at Burnley 3-1 and stay within two points of Premier League table toppers Manchester City.

However, the win came with a price as defender Joe Gomez was injured so badly that he needed to be stretchered off. More details will be known after the results of Gomez’s scans are made public, but it looks like he’ll be out for awhile. After the match, Klopp had a lot of issues with Burnley’s sliding tackles.

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Fabinho Shoots Down PSG Rumors, Commits Future to Liverpool

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Fabinho, the Liverpool midfielder who just moved over to Liverpool this past summer, has been heavily linked in transfer rumors lately. It seems kind of absurd that he could be out the door already, but numerous outlets have reported that Paris Saint-Germain have an interest in picking him up.

Additionally, Corriere dello Sport claimed that AC Milan are ready to scoop him up. The Daily Express said that Juventus are interested in the the 25-year-old as well. Fabinho refuted all these claims and stated his desire to remain at Anfield.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction at Burnley FC

Liverpool and Burnley haven’t met very much in the Premier League, but when they have it almost always goes in the favor of the Reds. The Merseyside club has won six of the eight meetings, and lost just once. Wednesday night doesn’t look very good for the Clarets either, as they enter this match desperate for points.

Sitting 19th, they are one of the three sides that are currently in a relegation slot, and the other two have already sacked their managers this season. It’s a complete catastrophe for manager Sean Dyche, who led the side to a 7th place finish and a Europa League berth last season. That’s a rather steep drop off!

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Liverpool FC vs Burnley Injury Report: Mane, Robertson, Brady

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Coming off a very emotional win in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool FC will look to make sure they don’t suffer a let-down in midweek at Burnley. Sunday’s win was actually too emotional for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who celebrated the win in a manner that was so over-the-top that he charged by the Football Association for misconduct.

Klopp has since apologized for his actions. He’ll take the league’s second place side to the Turf Moor to face the team that’s currently second from the bottom. Naturally, the Reds are heavily favored in this one, but they could be without one of their fab three.

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Jurgen Klopp Apologizes for Over-the-Top Merseyside Derby Celebration

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Comedian and Reds supporter John Oliver said of Jurgen Klopp in the summer of 2016: “Liverpool have one of the most entertaining managers in all of sport.”

“Not only is he a sensational tactician, an inspirational figure, he’s also a funny, angry German, and that is the best kind of German there is…He does not understand not doing things at full pace all the time.”

That candid description seems absolutely perfect given what Klopp did today, in celebration of his side’s 1-0 victory at Anfield over Everton today.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction vs Everton FC (Merseyside Derby)

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The Merseyside derby comes at the perfect time to get Liverpool FC refocused and quickly over the disappointment of the Wednesday night Champions League loss at Paris Saint-Germain. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp hit out at the officiating in that defeat, and the play-acting of Neymar frustrated Liverpool as a whole.

Defender Andrew Robertson spoke up against the Neymar theatrics, and now midfielder James Milner has publicly remarked on this topic as well. “You can’t really be surprised by that,” Milner said. “If you are surprised by that, you are a bit foolish.”

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