Liverpool vs Napoli: latest opposition news
This Is Anfield's football writer, Henry Jackson provides an in-depth look at our rivals for today's friendly in Dublin
- Liverpool take on Napoli on this Saturday, August 4, at Aviva Stadium in Dublin in the penultimate game of summer pre-season campaign
"Napoli represent an attractive-looking opponent for the Reds this weekend, having grown to be one of Europe’s more respected ball-playing sides in recent years. They came agonisingly close to a first Serie A title since 1990 last season, only for Juventus to pip them and seal a seventh consecutive Scudetto.
"Maurizio Sarri did a wonderful job with Napoli, but he has now moved on to pastures new, heading to Chelsea and taking playmaker Jorginho with him. Replacing Sarri in the role is Ancelotti—one of the best managers of his generation and a man who knows all about Liverpool, having been in charge of AC Milan in Istanbul.
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"Barring Jorginho, they have kept hold of key men, with Kalidou Koulibaly one of the most imposing centre-backs in Europe at the moment.
"Marek Hamsik is a legend in Naples who continues to thrive in his box-to-box role, while speedy, tricky diminutive pair Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens provide great quality in the final third.
"Jose Callejon is also a very effective member of the attacking unit, with the Spaniard dovetailing beautifully with Insigne and Mertens.
"Napoli’s most notable incomings are forward Simone Verdi and midfielder Fabian Ruiz, who have arrived from Bologna and Real Betis respectively. The question is: can Ancelotti bring the know-how required to get Napoli over the finish line in the league this season?"
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