Liverpool's probable line-up to face Napoli
The Hard Tackle's football writer, Anas Ali predicts a potential Liverpool’s starting XI for the upcoming Napoli friendly
- Liverpool take on Napoli on this Saturday, August 4, at Aviva Stadium in Dublin in the penultimate game of summer pre-season campaign
Probable Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Clyne, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Fabinho, Lallana; Salah, Sturridge, Mane
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the Reds' new keeper Alisson Becker will finally make his debut against Seria A side this Saturday.
"Nathaniel Clyne has returned to the camp after leaving the US tour early following the birth of his son. He should occupy the right-back spot while Andrew Robertson is likely to line upon the opposite flank. The duo of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk should guard the heart of the Liverpool defence, with Dejan Lovren still on vacation after his World Cup exploits.
"In midfield, Klopp has one or two absentees with Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain ruled out for the entire season with a long-term injury, while Jordan Henderson is unavailable as well. Naby Keita has also failed to feature in the last two matches due to a slight neck problem and is unlikely to play this weekend.
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"In his absence, Adam Lallana should once again retain his position in the middle of the park along with James Milner and new signing Fabinho, who will occupy the anchorman role at the base of the midfield.
"We might once again see Daniel Sturridge leading the Liverpool attack against Napoli, following his impressive performances in the previous friendlies. Providing him support will be the dangerous attacking duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
"Both the players featured in the win against Manchester United with Mane scoring the opener. The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Dominic Solanke and Marko Grujic are likely to play a key role in the second half."
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