LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates scoring a penalty during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Anfield on September 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Liverpool Lineup to Face Napoli on Wednesday

Liverpool travel to Naples for their second Champions League fixture of the season on Wednesday night, with an almost clean bill of health.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only long-term absentee, while fringe players Divock Origi and Adam Lallana are doubts.


The Reds face Napoli in good spirits after besting Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on the first gameweek of the Champions League, while they earned a deserved point at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.


Napoli lie second in Serie A under Carlo Ancelotti, but are yet to show quite the same attacking verve as last season, while a 5-0 pre-season defeat to Liverpool will give the visitors reason for confidence.


Here's how Jurgen Klopp's side could line up for this one...

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Alisson Becker (GK) - Brazil's number one enjoyed his best game in a Liverpool shirt at the weekend, making two one-on-one saves against Chelsea as the Reds snatched a late draw. In his last visit to Napoli as a Roma man, he made 11 saves as his side won 2-4.


Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) - Still a teenager, Alexander-Arnold is already accustomed to big European away days. He will add Stadio San Paolo to his personal list of glamour nights this week. Liverpool's homegrown star was also included on the reduced list for the prestigious Golden Boy award this week.


Andrew Robertson (LB) - The Scotland captain came up against Napoli's Elseid Hysaj in the  2-0 Nations League win over Albania last month. He will have to get the better of the full back to add to his one assist in the Champions League this season.


Virgil van Dijk (CB) - Now established as one of Europe's finest centre backs, Van Dijk will be key in curtailing the threat posed by Napoli's occasionally electric attack.


Joe Gomez (CB) - 21-year-old Gomez has impressed since moving from full back to centre back this season under Jurgen Klopp. His pace and burgeoning understanding with Van Dijk mean he is likely to remain first choice ahead of either Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip.

2. Midfielders

Gini Wijnaldum (CM) - The Dutchman has surprised many so far this season by holding down a starting place (he has not yet missed a minute of the new season) despite competition from new expensive signings. He is likely to start in the deepest midfield role of the three, ahead of captain Jordan Henderson.


James Milner (CM) - Milner surprisingly set a record for assists in the Champions League last season, and already has a goal in this year's campaign. Like Wijnaldum, Milner's form and indefatigability have made him virtually undroppable for Klopp.


Naby Keita (CM) - Klopp may opt for the added security that Henderson brings away from home, but Keita is the more likely starter having come off the bench in the Premier League draw with Chelsea at the weekend. The Guinea international arrived to much fanfare this summer, after a year-long wait to move, but has had a gentle introduction to life at Liverpool.

3. Forwards

Mohamed Salah (FW) - Jurgen Klopp may have indicated that Salah is not too pleased with his own performances but backed the Egyptian to hit the heights of last season again soon enough. On his last visit to the Stadio San Paolo back in 2016, Salah scored for Roma in a 1-3 away win.


Sadio Mane (FW) - Mane scored an incredible 10 goals in 11 games in the Champions League in 2017/18 and was one of Liverpool's key performers en route to Kyiv. He has four in eight in all competitions so far this season.


Roberto Firmino (FW) - The Brazilian recovered from an eye injury to score the winner off the bench in the Reds' opening Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain. He has not scored in three games since then but is set to start on Wednesday night ahead of weekend hero Daniel Sturridge.