Managing to extend their buffer over Manchester City to five points at Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool will now begin the defence of their Champions League crown when they make the trip to last year’s foes Napoli on Tuesday night.
Coming from behind against Newcastle to land a 3-1 win on Merseyside, Jurgen Klopp’s men have won all five of their Premier League appearances and are the only side to boast a 100% start in England’s top-tier.
While Liverpool’s lethal form may have seen them move into pole position to clinch their first domestic title, Napoli are another side who have gained their own reputation across Europe.
A huge favourite to secure a route out of Group E alongside Tuesday’s guests, the Italian giants landed a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria on Saturday and are desperate to hunt down Juventus this season.
You will be interested to know that the two sides exchanged 1-0 home wins when they met in last year’s group stage and another cagey encounter with under 2.5 goals can be found at 23/20 with Ladbrokes.
The Stadio San Paolo – Napoli’s fortress
While Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti may have seen his side left heartbroken after watching Juventus snatch a dramatic 4-3 winner in Turin last month, Napoli have still received a long list of admirers from across Europe.
With Ancelotti calling for a usual atmospheric arrival from a lively Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday, a huge part of the Blues’ continued success has come thanks to their form on home soil.
Including their 1-0 win over the Reds in Napoli last year, Ancelotti’s men have lost just a single Champions League match in front of their fans since March 2017, a run that has seen them take points off of Liverpool and PSG.
One man who will look to spearhead Gli Azzurri Group E charge in midweek will be Belgian international, Dries Mertens.
Bagging a brace in Napoli’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Saturday, the 32-year-old has three in his opening three Serie A outings and you will be interested to know that the pacey winger can be found at 12/5 with Betfair to extend that run on Tuesday.
Looking to secure back-to-back victories over Liverpool at the Stadio San Paolo, the former Real Madrid boss will also be excited by the news that talisman Lorenzo Insigne has fully recovered from an injury issue and has been passed fit to feature.
Liverpool look to lay down an early marker
Holding a five-point buffer over Manchester City in the race to clinch their first Premier League crown, the mood in Jurgen Klopp’s camp couldn’t be any higher.
The only side in England’s top-tier to hold a 100% start to the new campaign, the defending Champions League winners are still dreaming of a famous domestic and European double.
Unsurprisingly, the former Borussia Dortmund boss also finds his team as a huge favourite with the bookmakers to secure an automatic route out of Group E.
The defending champions are currently priced as low as 1/2 with Bet365 to secure top spot in Group E, ahead of Tuesday’s hosts who sit at 7/4.
While Napoli may have one leading man enjoying a continued purple patch, Liverpool have continued to lay down a marker in the final third.
Despite their public spat at Turf Moor a fortnight ago, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have continued to build what is arguably the most lethal partnership in European football.
With Mane bagging a brace against Newcastle on Saturday and now finding the net six times in his last five matches across all formats, you will be interested to know that the Senegal ace can be found at 15/8 with SkyBet to extend that run at the Stadio San Paolo.
Elsewhere, Klopp has been hit with some minor injury news.
Liverpool have confirmed that the versatile Divock Origi will not make the trip to Napoli on Tuesday and has been replaced by Rhian Brewster who has been called up from the Under-23s.
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