Friday, November 5, 2010

Matchday: Reds Ready To Finish Italian Job

"This is Anfield" seems to be the favourite chant of fans as Reds host the serie-A side Napoli at Anfield tonight. A week after the dramatic and unfortunate stabbings of Liverpool fans by Napoli ultras, Liverpool will welcome Napoli fans with open arms and show them what a bigger heart Reds fans have. Reds sit on top of group K after a win and two successive stalemates in Europa League. But another draw or a loss may easily jeopardise their chances of qualifying for the knockout phase as Utrecht and Napoli are right at their tail. Roy seems to be the man having the least of worries as he maintained silence over the probable lineup.Torres and Gerrard are likely to be rested keeping in mind the Chelsea game on Sunday. But with Kuyt, Cole, Agger and Johnson still being injured it will be necessary to play a few big names tonight. Kyrgiakos faces a late fitness test to be marked as available for the clash. Ryan Babel and Brad Jones are also doubtful for the game as they are yet to fully recover from their injuries. Napoli will welcome Cavani back into the side after he was rested this weekend. Former Red Andrea Dossena will return to Anfield. Napoli are likely to field their best team out at Anfield tonight. Tough Italian job it'll be to be done for the Reds. Hodgson believes four points from next 3 games will be enough for reds to progress to knockout stage of the competition. He said, "I think if we can get four more points we 'll be pretty much secure a place in the next round as I can see the other games being tight." He further commented, "We got one of the tougher groups with Napoli, Steaua and Utrecht and on paper it looked even, but we 've done what we've needed to do. We'll have a strong team out on Thursday, we won't rest too many." It just means that Roy is once again likely to deploy his defensive strategy, something which is becoming highly unpopular among fans. The attacking display, that we were famous for under ex-manager Rafa Benitez is a thing of the past now. But Liverpool will still be looking to extend their winning streak to three games after scalping Blackburn and Bolton. With high hopes again in our hearts, we 'll look towards the Reds winning tonight. I again predict a close encounter and would tip Reds to defeat the Napolians in soccer as well as etiquette. The Red Legions Predictions: Liverpool 1 Napoli 0 Bring it on Napoli. But remember where you are tonight. "THIS IS ANFIELD" YNWA

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