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Napoli v Liverpool LIVE commentary: The Reds aim to set a new Champions League record with a win in Napoli, but the Italian giants love to face English sides at home


Liverpool travel to Italy to face Napoli in their first Champions League group game of the 2022/23 campaign.

The Reds were runners-up last year and will be looking to go even further this time and lift Europe’s most prized trophy in Istanbul as they did in 2005.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side were so close to winning the Champions League

Last year Liverpool won all six of their group games, but no English team has ever managed to win seven in a row, so they could go down in history.

But Napoli are a solid side and sit top of Serie A having picked up 11 points from their first five games.

The Italian giants also have a good record against English sides in the Champions League and won against the Reds at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in 2018 and 2019.

Therefore, it won’t be an easy tie for Liverpool, but if they win, it will set them up perfectly for the rest of the group stage.

Napoli v Liverpool: talkSPORT date and coverage

This Champions League Group A match will take place on Wednesday, September 7.

Kick-off at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium is scheduled for 8pm UK time.

The action will be live on talkSPORT 2 with commentary from Ian Danter and former Republic of Ireland striker David Connolly.

To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Victor Oshimen is an obvious danger man for Liverpool to watch

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Victor Oshimen is an obvious danger man for Liverpool to watch


Napoli v Liverpool: team news

Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti is set to be without Hirving Lozano after he was sent off the pitch against Lazio due to a nasty header clash.

Luckily, he didn’t take any facial damage, but he’ll probably miss this one.

The hosts will also be without Diego Demme as he recovers from a foot injury.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool midfielder’s woes appeared to worsen against Everton as Fabio Carvalho had to be taken off at half-time with a dead leg and he will miss the trip.

Curtis Jones suffered a setback and was sent off.

Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calvin Ramsay and Ibrahima Konate all remain absent.

Thiago Alcantara back but it remains to be seen if he starts.

Diogo Jota made his return to the bench from injury on Saturday, so Klopp could start the Portuguese striker.

Jota's return is a welcome boost for Klopp

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Jota’s return is a welcome boost for Klopp

Napoli v Liverpool: what has been said?

Gabriel Agbonlahor on Liverpool’s struggles: “Liverpool, for me, are not fighting for the Premier League title this season.

“They’re fighting to stay in the top four because Arsenal are there. Spurs are in it. They know how to win games. They have that winning mentality.

“Something is missing there.

“Today [against Everton] is the kind of game where you rely on Mane to find some kind of shine and score a goal. Mane’s runs would open up more space for Salah.

“Salah doesn’t look like he wants to score and it’s not like Mo Salah. He has to go wide and find space.

“The midfield didn’t work. They played Fabinho as a goalkeeper and in front of him Elliott and Carvalho. It just didn’t work for me today.

“At the back Robertson was let go, Trent was taken off after 60 minutes. Something is wrong with this defense with Liverpool and they are losing too many points.

Napoli v Liverpool: Facts of the match

  • Napoli and Liverpool will meet in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the third time in the past five seasons. The Italian club won their home game against the Reds in 2018-19 (1-0) and 2019-20 (2-0).
  • Napoli have won five of their six UEFA Champions League home games against English Premier League clubs, losing the other 2-4 to Manchester City in November 2017. Their last two matches were wins over Liverpool (October 2018 , September 2019). ).
  • Liverpool have won each of their last three away games against Italian sides in European competition; they had only won three of their first 14 such visits before (D3 L8).
  • This will be Napoli’s seventh season in the UEFA Champions League, and the first since 2019-20. The Azzurri have lost just one of their last 12 competitive group stage matches (W5 D6), albeit against Liverpool in December 2018 (0-1).
  • Liverpool won all six of their UEFA Champions League group stage matches last season. No English club has ever won seven consecutive group matches in the history of the competition.
  • Liverpool won all six of their away matches in the UEFA Champions League last season, scoring over 2 goals each time. In the history of the competition, only two teams have had more away wins: Ajax (seven in March 1997) and FC Bayern München (seven in February 2014).
  • Napoli have only lost their first game of a UEFA Champions League season in any of their previous six campaigns in the competition (W3 D2), a 1-2 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2017-18.
  • Liverpool have only lost their opening game of a UEFA Champions League season in one of their last 12 appearances in the competition (W8 D3) – that loss was away to Napoli in 2019, however. -20 (0-2).
  • Napoli will be Luciano Spalletti’s fourth club managed in the UEFA Champions League, after Roma, Zenit St Petersburg and Internazionale. He will be the fifth manager to manage at least three different Italian teams in the competition, after Carlo Ancelotti (Parma, Juventus, Milan, Napoli), Alberto Zaccheroni (Milan, Lazio, Internazionale), Fabio Capello (Milan, Rome, Juventus) and Claudio Ranieri (Juventus, Roma, Internazionale).
  • Mo Salah scored seven goals in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season for Liverpool; only Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United in 2004-05 (eight) has scored more in a single group for an English club in the competition. Salah also has 11 Champions League assists for the Reds, one shy of the club’s all-time high (12 from Steven Gerrard and James Milner).

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