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'They punish you': Cannavaro says there are two Liverpool players Napoli must 'double up' on tonight
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'They punish you': Cannavaro says there are two Liverpool players Napoli must 'double up' on tonight

Liverpool get their Champions League campaign under way on Wednesday against Italian champions Napoli.

The Reds will take on Serie A’s current second-placed side at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Group A.

Liverpool have won just two of their opening six Premier League games amid an injury crisis.

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The Reds go into the game on the back of a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby last Saturday.

Meanwhile, their opponents got back to winning ways last time out, winning 2-1 at Lazio.

Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro spoke to Area Napoli ahead of his former side’s meeting with Liverpool.

And he outlined Reds flankers Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz as particular dangermen against Napoli.

“The game has one clear aspect,” said Cannavaro.

“On the flanks, we must double up on Diaz and Salah, because (full-backs) Di Lorenzo and Mario Rui must not be left alone.

“So Kvara and Politano, or Lozano, know well what they have to do.”

Salah has made six Premier League appearances so far this season, registering two goals and two assists.

Meanwhile, Luis Diaz has three goals from his six top-flight outings in 2022-23.

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Cannavaro also claimed Liverpool are suffering from Sadio Mane’s departure.

However, he feels the Reds still have what it takes to cause damage on the counter.

“The English [Liverpool] have lost a little bit compared to last year,” said Cannavaro.

“Mane put in work both in defence and in the final third and it is clear that they are still struggling.

“They struggled against an aggressive Everton, a team that did not make mistakes in their own half.

“But the Reds are ruthless, they are cynical, they live on the mistakes that their opponents make up front, they press and push you to make mistakes.

“And as soon as you make a mistake, they punish you.

“At the exit, Napoli will have to have their antennas upright.

“What the likes of Lobotka, Anguissa, Zielinski will have to do is a fundamental job.

“Because Liverpool… they live for this.”

Liverpool team news ahead of Napoli clash

Jurgen Klopp has been given a boost with Thiago Alcantara travelling with the squad, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

New signing Arthur Melo could also be in the mix for his debut, though Klopp has suggested it may not be a start.

Curtis Jones, Jordan Henderson, Fabio Carvalho, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Ibrahima Konate are on the injured list.

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