Photos: Liverpool train at Melwood ahead of crucial Champions League tie against Napoli

10 December 2018

Liverpool have been led through their paces in a training session in front of the media ahead of Tuesday night’s key Champions League clash against Napoli.


Jurgen Klopp knows only a win will do for the Reds, with 1-0 sending his side through to the last 16 or else any win by two goals.

The manager has one or two decisions to make over his squad, too, after three games in a week which saw plenty of rotation.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp calls time on the open session for the media during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One of the biggest calls will be over the right-back position, with Trent Alexander-Arnold rested at the weekend.

James Milner played there against Bournemouth, but the youngster could be recalled given the Reds’ need to attack.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's Adam Lallana (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (R) during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk will be charged with leading the defence to another clean sheet, with that being a huge part of the task which could see the Reds through.

Alongside him, Joel Matip should continue to deputise for the injured Joe Gomez after some fine recent performances, but Dejan Lovren is also back in training and potentially available.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) and Dejan Lovren (R) during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Further forward, there’s a debate to be had for the midfield alignment and personnel.

Naby Keita‘s return to fitness is one option, while Milner and Jordan Henderson could be battling it out for one spot, as well as the captain’s armband.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's Naby Keita during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's Andy Robertson, James Milner and captain Jordan Henderson during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Above all, though, Liverpool need goals on the night.

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are both one goal shy of Ian Rush’s haul of 14 European goals for the Reds; this would be a great fixture to match that tally in!

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) and Dejan Lovren during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One positive for the Reds will be the array of options off the bench that Klopp will have, regardless of his starting XI.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Adam Lallana, Milner, Henderson and Alberto Moreno might all be considered options for later in the match—if they are even part of the squad, highlighting the depth available now.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s a big night for the Reds and Klopp will have some key decisions to make, before the first whistle and certainly before the final one.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Win and progress and it’ll be another memorable Anfield evening for supporters to remember across the years.


Liverpool Squad in Training on Monday

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 10, 2018: Liverpool players during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Mignolet

Defenders: Van Dijk, Lovren, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Clyne, Moreno

Midfielders: Fabinho, Keita, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Chirivella

Forwards: Firmino, Salah, Mane, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi

Absent: Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Brewster

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