Liverpool will play hosts to Napoli at Anfield in what could prove to be a season-defining game for both sides in their hunt for European success this season. The Reds need to win by a scoreline of 1-0 or earn a victory by a clear two-goal margin if they want to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. However, they will come up against a very resolute Carlo Ancelotti side who are quite hard to beat as evidenced by their impressive record in Europe this season.
Jurgen Klopp might opt to stick with his favoured 4-3-3 formation but would be without the services of Joe Gomez for this encounter at Merseyside.
4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Napoli
Alisson Becker is a guaranteed starter for Liverpool following another solid display against Bournemouth on Saturday which saw the Reds go top of the Premier League standings. Simon Mignolet will have to settle for a spot on Klopp’s bench once again for the visit of Napoli.
The centre-half duo of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip would keep their place in the Liverpool backline as both Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren are currently sidelined due to injury. Matip started a bit shaky at the back before putting in a commanding display against the Cherries last weekend which would give him a lot of confidence going into this European clash at Anfield.
Andrew Robertson will take his place at left-back as he would look to join in on the attack by delivering some telling crosses from the wide areas. Trent Alexander-Arnold will look to do the same on the other side after he was rested against Bournemouth on Saturday.
There is no hiding from the fact that the Reds midfield has lacked creativity in recent weeks. However, the trio of James Milner, Naby Keita and Fabinho have all been impressive during their recent performances for Liverpool and Klopp should start them on Tuesday as his team attempts to beat Napoli and seal a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
The terrific trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are expected to start against the Serie A outfit as they look to interchange positions and cause a lot of problems for the Napoli defenders. Both Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri would hope to make an impact from the bench if Klopp feels like the need to make some changes during the game.