Sky Sports football expert Charlie Nicholas thinks Liverpool will have a hard time at Sao Paolo stadium, where Champions League holders will start their 2019/20 campaign.
Merseyside club and Serie A side are facing in the group stage for the second consecutive time. Last season, Napoli beat Jurgen Klopp’s team 1-0 due to Lorenzo Insigne’s late goal. That victory, however, was not enough for Carlo Ancelotti’s team to qualify for play-offs.
“This will be a good test for the Champions League holders. We saw a vulnerable side to their defence at the weekend again, conceding after just seven minutes against Newcastle. They have walked away comfortably and won, but that is not the point,” Nicholas wrote on Sky Sports.
“The difference Roberto Firmino makes is unbelievable. He doesn’t get the goals that Mohamed Salah gets or has the pace that Sadio Mane does but he has skill and cunning. He is a real team player and is my favourite out of the three, my favourite to watch, although he may be easier to mark than the other two.
“Liverpool have not improved in midfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still a fringe player. We know they are a good side but those three have to be on their game to win matches.
“Napoli are all-action and very strong at home, but not convincing away from home. Dries Mertens just rocks up and does the job. He gets big goals and I expect him to grab another through the week.” he added.