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Napoli vs Liverpool: Champions League preview

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iverpool will look for a reprieve from their disjointed Premier League form when they kick off their Champions League campaign at Napoli on Wednesday.

The Reds have won just two of their opening six domestic games as they juggle an injury crisis which could see new signing Arthur make his debut in Naples.

Napoli, who sit top of Serie A, will, therefore, fancy their chances to kick off Group A with a win, with Ajax and Rangers making up their group stage quartet.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Napoli vs Liverpool is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples will host the match.

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Where to watch Napoli vs Liverpool

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.

Napoli vs Liverpool team news

Napoli star forward Hirving Lozano is a doubt after being stretchered off against Lazio at the weekend, meaning Matteo Politano should come in.

For Liverpool, deadline day signing Arthur could come in for his debut to help their midfield struggles with Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all sidelined. Harvey Elliott is likely to keep his place. Both Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been omitted from the group stage squad.

Andy Robertson did not start the Merseyside derby so will start in Naples, while Trent Alexander-Arnold was taken off before the hour mark so will also be fresh.

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Napoli vs Liverpool prediction

Napoli are more than capable of continuing Liverpool’s poor run by dominating the midfield battle. Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz were again starved of service by a poor Everton side, and the hosts’ own attacking talent can punish the Reds.

Liverpool can, of course, get at Napoli, who are not as tight a ship since Kalidou Koulibaly’s exit, so we should have an entertaining game in store in Naples.

Napoli and Liverpool to share a 2-2 draw.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Napoli wins: 2

Draws: 2

Liverpool wins: 2

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