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Liverpool vs Napoli

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Anfield

Date: 11th December 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season and many expected them to go one step better this time, but the Reds have made hard work out of their campaign so far with their poor away form.

They host an unbeaten Napoli side needing to win by 1-0 or by two clear goals to reach the next round and they will look to frustrate Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Group C remains very much an open affair as Liverpool, Napoli, and PSG all have a chance to reach the next round, while bottom of the table Red Star can still make it to the Europa League as a consolation.

The Reds come into this game in fine form.

They beat Bournemouth 4-0 away at the weekend to climb to the top of the Premier League and that was their 3rd consecutive win and 5th win in 6 games.

Napoli are currently unbeaten in the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been impressive at home while unspectacular when they play away from home.

They earned draws at Red Star and PSG and know that a similar result would help them reach the next round here, however, that could be easier said than done under the Anfield lights.

Napoli beat Frosinone 4-0 at the weekend to continue their impressive run of form ahead of this game.

They are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions and 8 of those matches have ended in wins for them.

Bookmakers have priced Liverpool up as strong odds-on favourites to get the job done here however a 2:1, 3:2, 4:3 win would see them crash out of the competition.

Goal markets point to a high-scoring affair as over 2.5 goals is trading odds-on.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Liverpool

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Liverpool 1-0 Everton 2 Dec, 2018 English Premier League
L Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Liverpool 28 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W Watford 0-3 Liverpool 24 Nov, 2018 English Premier League
W Liverpool 2-0 Fulham 11 Nov, 2018 English Premier League
L Red Star Belgrade 2-0 Liverpool 6 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League

Napoli

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Atalanta 1-2 Napoli 3 Dec, 2018 Italian Serie A
W Napoli 3-1 Red Star Belgrade 28 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League
D Napoli 0-0 Chievo Verona 25 Nov, 2018 Italian Serie A
W Genoa 1-2 Napoli 10 Nov, 2018 Italian Serie A
D Napoli 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain 6 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Napoli 1-0 Liverpool 3 Oct, 2018 UEFA Champions League
Liverpool 5-0 Napoli 4 Aug, 2018 Friendly
Liverpool 3-1 Napoli 4 Nov, 2010 UEFA Europa League
Napoli 0-0 Liverpool 21 Oct, 2010 UEFA Europa League

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