Liverpool line ups vs Napoli with Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah involved – Liverpool Echo

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Mohamed Salah returns to the Liverpool attack

Paul Gorst: The chance to seal qualification to the last 16 for a third successive season is a tantalising prospect for Jurgen Klopp, surely he will go strong?

Alisson Becker is in goal behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

If that sore ankle is playing up, he can rest it against Brighton at the weekend.

No Fabinho for that aforementioned Brighton visit so he is a shoo-in in my midfield three alongside Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum.

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Mohamed Salah returns to my front three alongside his usual mates Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Jurgen Klopp should go as strong as possible vs Napoli

Ian Doyle: Get qualification done. Sorry to go all electioneering on you there, but securing progress to the Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare is paramount to Liverpool.

Especially if it gives them an opportunity to rest weary legs in the final group game at Salzburg.

Jurgen Klopp, then, should go as strong as possible. It makes the team selection pretty easy.

The defence is, well, the defence that has been relied upon for several weeks now.

And the attack is, well, the attack that has been relied upon for several years now.

Which leaves the midfield. Fabinho, given he won’t be playing against Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, must start.

I’d also keep faith in Jordan Henderson, who enjoys this type of game.

But as a bit of a curveball, I’d like to see Naby Keita given an opportunity, although if Gini Wijnaldum is preferred and the Guinean is kept back for the weekend then it wouldn’t be a massive surprise.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Reds must pick strongest XI available

Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
(Image: (FRANCOIS WALSCHAERTS/AFP via Getty Images))

Connor Dunn: Liverpool know that victory against Napoli will seal qualification into the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

It’s important then to pick the very strongest XI available and that was likely always going to be the case.

Alisson, of course, starts in goal while Trent Alexander-Arnold continues at right-back and Andy Robertson is on the other flank – provided his ankle is up to the task as it was at Palace.

Dejan Lovren, meanwhile, was excellent against the Eagles at the weekend and so keeps his place alongside Virgil van Dijk in the middle of defence.

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Mohamed Salah was on the bench for the trip down to London but trained ahead of this match against Napoli and therefore comes back into the side to lead the line in a front three with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

In the middle of the park it’s the tried and trusted trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum for me to give the Reds a solid unit and base from which to control this game.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Naby Keita can take advantage of Napoli problems

Joe Rimmer: Win this one and December gets that little bit easier for Liverpool.

The trip to Salzburg, which on paper looks a dangerous one for Jurgen Klopp’s men, becomes nothing more than a dead rubber and a chance to see some more of Liverpool’s talented young players.

So with that in mind, the Reds need to take full advantage of Napoli’s recent problems and secure top spot of Group E.

To do that Jurgen Klopp needs Alisson In goal and a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, as well as his usual front three, with a fit again Mohamed Salah.

The only risk I’d be tempted to take is a tweak in midfield to get the Reds on the front foot from the off.

So step forward Naby Keita.

The Guinean has to start firing soon and this is a big chance for him to show he can be a key man in the middle. So he’s in my midfield along with Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Win tonight and Reds can rest in Salzburg

Jordan Henderson and Fabinho celebrate
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Theo Squires: Beat Napoli and Liverpool not only qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare, they clinch top spot too. How unlike the Reds!

With that in mind I expect Jurgen Klopp to name his strongest available XI, even with his side about to start the busiest run of their season. Besides, win tonight and he can rest players in Salzburg.

The back five is unchanged with Andy Robertson playing through the pain barrier and Dejan Lovren having now nailed down that centre-back slot alongside Virgil van Dijk in Joel Matip’s absence.

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In midfield Fabinho is a definite starter considering he’s suspended for the weekend. Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum join him to make up Klopp’s go-to midfield trio.

And Mohamed Salah returns in attack in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to take up his place alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Deliver a repeat of last year’s Anfield winner against the Italians please, Mo!

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

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