Napoli enters the battle of Group A directly against the biggest favorite for promotion. Liverpool, the usual goal-scoring machine, will visit Vesuvius on Wednesday evening. However, the Liverpool team is playing very badly in Naples and would like to finally beat their boss for the fourth time on their soil.
The English club has already traveled to Napoli three times, but never returned to Anfield as a winner. He lost twice, tied in the 2010/2011 season. Both teams shared the points equally in their last confrontation, when Dejan Lovren responded to Dries Mertens’ goal three minutes ago on English soil.
Mertens is no longer in the Napoli team, but the offensive power has certainly not deteriorated. Instead of Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens, Giacomo Raspadori, Giovanni Simeone or Chviča Kvaracchelija are now in the colors of the Naples club. The young talent has only been on the Partenopei roster for a few weeks, but he won over all the fans of Napoli a long time ago. With his performances, he makes Insigne forget and pulls the team towards a better tomorrow.
The young Georgian scored four goals in five competitive matches and Gianfranco Zola also paid tribute to him. The former Napoli forward said in his address: “I consider his purchase to be an absolutely brilliant choice. I’ve only seen a few games so far, but he immediately won me over. He has a great shot, he’s a dynamic player and you never know what he’s going to do. He’s very unpredictable and that’s what I like about him. Opponents they’ll have a hard time with him. I think he’ll fit even on such a big stage as the Champions League offers.”
Kvaracchelija also got on the scoresheet in the last round of Serie A, when his goal helped beat Rome’s Lazio. After two league draws, Napoli won again and tuned up to Liverpool in the best possible way.
Still, coach Luciano Spalletti has a few wrinkles on his bald forehead. Victor Osimhen, who is still recovering from a groin injury, missed Tuesday’s training and is unlikely to get into the match from the start of the game. Mexican winger Hirving Lozano or midfielder Diego Demme will most likely not play either. Liverpool are without midfielders Naby Keïta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson, while Fabio Carvalho’s start is also uncertain.
Liverpool is having a lot of trouble this season on their opponents’ pitches, where they are not doing well in terms of results. While he won the last two home games with a score of 11:1, his form outside is significantly worse. Two draws and one defeat from three games is a record that manager Jürgen Klopp will want to improve at all costs. For the trip to Napoli, the Reds set themselves up with a Merseyside derby draw against Everton. They burned a lot of chances, hit the goal structure, but couldn’t overcome goalkeeper Pickford. Will it improve the outdoor misery on the hot ground of Naples?