Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool
For the second consecutive season, Liverpool will have to face Napoli in the group stage in the Champions League. Last term, the Reds lost to the Partenopei 1-0 at the Stadio San Paolo, but got their revenge as they beat Carlo Ancelotti's side by the same score-line at Anfield on the final day of group stage action.
Liverpool come into this match firmly in control of the Premier League table after overpowering Newcastle United in a 3-1 victory. It's still early on, but the Reds have now opened a five point gap over the chasing pack thanks to their perfect start to the season, and this has been helped even more with reigning champs Manchester City's surprise loss to Norwich over the weekend. That being said, Jurgen Klopp's side have a potentially tricky clash with Chelsea coming up next, and he'll want to keep his side focused and prepared for that tie.
But first up is this trip to Napoli's home ground, which is never an easy place to play. The Reds will certainly be well aware of that, having lost here last time around and their opponents will be determined to kick off their Champions League campaign on a strong note as well. Napoli nearly disrupted Liverpool's title chances last term - and needed a crucial save from star shot-stopper Alisson Becker to keep them from being dumped out of the round of 16 - so the Reds know they are a very formidable foe indeed.
The Partenopei earned a pretty comfortable 2-0 win over struggling Sampdoria to recover after their 4-3 loss to Juventus on matchday two, and will hope that their win over Sampdoria will help give them a boost when the current Champions League holders come to town.
Match facts: Napoli vs Liverpool
- Napoli have won just one of their last six European meetings with English clubs (L5)
- The reigning champion have not lost their opening UCL game the following season since AC Milan did so in 1994-95 against Ajax (W14 D10 since then)
- Liverpool's Sadio Mane has scored 14 goals in 24 UEFA Champions League appearances...
- ...he needs one more to equal Didier Drogba's record of 25 appearances to score his first 15 goals in the UCL (fastest by an African player)
- Napoli's H2H vs. Liverpool: W1 D1 L2
Team news: Napoli vs Liverpool
Napoli: Arkadiusz Milik is still a major doubt due to a muscular injury, but Lorenzo Insigne looks set to return to the fold after resuming training last week.
Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, and Nathaniel Clyne are all out due to leg, groin, and knee injuries respectively. In addition, Divock Origi misses this game following his injury sustained during his team's clash with Newcastle last weekend.
Where to watch Napoli vs Liverpool on September 17, 2019
In the USA, tune in to Napoli vs Liverpool on Watch TNT, TNT USA, B/R Live, Univision NOW, and Galavision.
Can't make it to the Stadio San Paolo? Fans in Italy can catch the match on Sky Sport Uno, Sky Calcio 2, SKY Go Italia, and NOW TV.
BBC Radio 5 Live, BT Sport 2, and BT Sport Live will be showing the Reds in action in the UK.
Live elsewhere? Here are your options to follow Napoli vs Liverpool:
Napoli vs Liverpool Broadcast Information
Stadium: San Paolo
France: RMC Sport en direct
Germany: TeleClub Sport Live, DAZN
India: SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, Sony LIV
Indonesia: UseeTV, Vidio
Italy: SKY Go Italia, Sky Sport Uno, NOW TV, Sky Calcio 2
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Racing
Nigeria: Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, SuperSport 5 Africa
Portugal: Eleven Sports 3 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones 3, Mitele Plus, Movistar+
Turkey: beIN Sports Turkey, Digiturk Play, beIN CONNECT Turkey, Idman TV
United Kingdom: BT Sport Live, BT Sport 2, BBC Radio 5 Live
United States: Univision NOW, Watch TNT, fuboTV, Galavision, TNT USA, B/R Live