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Liverpool v Napoli – Group C on a Knife-Edge

Liverpool plays host to Italian heavyweight Napoli with a trip to the knockout stage hanging in the balance.

There are two scenarios that will allow the Reds to advance on Tuesday. Either they win 1-0, or win by at least two goals, if they concede a goal. Much easier said than done against one of the better clubs in European football. The Red have, however, looked a far superior unit at home and will look to capitalize on that, tonight.

During the last meeting between these two sides Napoli stifled the normally expansive Liverpool attack on their way to a one-nil victory. A game that saw Napoli dominate possession and control the pace of play. It was arguably the worst offensive performance of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure in Liverpool. The Reds only attempted three shots, all outside of the box, and all off target.

Things aren’t expected to come as easy for Napoli in Anfield as Liverpool, hungry for revenge, are currently the odds on favorite to win at (13/20).

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti made it very clear that his club will not change their playing-style based on them only needing a draw to advance.  

We want to control the game.” said Ancelotti. “We are not used to playing defensively, we are not capable of doing it. We will not park the bus in front of our goal.”

The Italian went on to confidently add:

“We believe we will get through: so far we have prepared a beautiful cake, now we must add the icing.”

If Napoli are indeed able to pull the upset at Anfield, they will have had to earned it. Liverpool have not lost at home since the end of September, a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Caribou Cup.  

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