Liverpool v Napoli preview

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Liverpool meet Napoli in Dublin in their penultimate friendly before the start of the new Premier League season.

Liverpool meet Napoli in Dublin in their penultimate friendly before the start of the new Premier League season.

Liverpool fans ready for a new season.

It has been a very good pre-season for Liverpool with only one defeat in seven outings and Jurgen Klopp will have learned plenty ahead of what is sure to be a big season.

New players have settled in quickly, returning World Cup players haven’t had to over exert themselves and most importantly no injuries have occurred. There have been no major departures from the squad although that looks likely to change next week with some players sure to leave the club.

Back to the Napoli match the big news is the eagerly awaited debut of our new goalkeeper Alisson, 5/2 to keep a clean sheet. Given all our problems over the last couple of seasons, this feels like the start of a new era for Liverpool and will surely be worth 7 – 10 points to us throughout the course of the season.

In other team news, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino are set to start their first pre-season game and will join a side that is likely to also feature Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Mo Salah.  Rotation is likely in other positions but wither way we should see a strong showing from Liverpool against a Napoli side under new management.

Carlo Ancelotti has taken over from Maurizio Sarri and this game will be a major step up from the sides they have faced over the last few weeks – Gozzano, Carpi and Chievo. Last season’s influential midfielder Jorginho has left the club and his absence is sure to impact them in the short term. Ex-Liverpool favourite Pepe Reina has also left the club.

The key betting angle into this game is that Liverpool’s preparations look further advanced with Serie A season not starting until Aug 18th. Liverpool also have a much stronger side and bench compared to Napoli. Both these factors should see Liverpool enjoy a relatively comfortable win on Saturday evening and are a worthwhile bet at 1.87 to win in 90 mins.

Recommended Bet:

Liverpool to beat Napoli @ 1.87

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