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Thursday, September 12
- Liverpool have joined the battle for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz
- Lorenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik are injury doubts for Napoli
- Alisson may take longer to return from his calf injury than the club expect
- Leicester are monitoring Leicester playmaker James Maddison
Wanted: Fabian Ruiz
Liverpool have joined the ever-growing list of suitors interested in Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.
Barcelona and La Liga rivals Real Madrid were recently credited with interest in the Spain international.
Ruiz, 23, won the Player of the Tournament at the 2019 Under-21 European Championships and has been a mainstay for Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli – making 42 appearances over the last two campaigns
Now, Calciomercato claim Jurgen Klopp wants the £54million-rated midfielder at Anfield.
Napoli injury blow
Liverpool are hoping to get their Champions League campaign off to a flier against Napoli.
The Reds will face Carlo Ancelotti’s side for a second successive campaign and if last year was anything to go by, the trip to the San Paolo will not be easy.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 1-0 by a 90th minute strike from Lorenzo Insigne in a blow to their knockout qualification hopes in last year’s group stage, though they went on to progress.
But there is good news for Liverpool this time around, with the Italian international being a doubt for Tuesday’s contest.
According to Football Italia, the star has been training alone ahead of the clash.
Football Italia are also reporting that Arkadiusz Milik is also set to miss the clash after suffering a setback.
Alisson’s a big lad…
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson may take longer to return from his calf injury than the club expect because he is a “big lad”, according to former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley.
Liverpool have confirmed Alisson is making steady progress in his recovery, with Adrian set to continue to deputise against Newcastle United this weekend.
But Burley has warned fans it may take a bit longer than they think for Alisson to return due to his strong body make-up.
“The problem is he’s a big lad and that’s a lot of tonnage going through those calves” Burley told ESPN FC. “Well yeah [it may take an extra couple of weeks], he’s a big old unit isn’t he.
“He’s like huge, you wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley, you know what I mean.
Ceballos in awe of Liverpool
Dani Ceballos has revealed that he was stunned by Liverpool’s performance during Arsenal’s recent defeat at Anfield.
The Real Madrid loanee played an hour of the 3-1 defeat that saw Mohamed Salah score twice and Joel Matip get on the scoresheet.
“I’ve never seen anything like what I saw at Anfield,” Ceballos told the Guardian. “I haven’t seen a team that plays better, that presses like them, the way the fans carry them along.
“They take the air from you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to do something with the ball, when you want to breathe, they’re back on top of you. They’re very well-drilled.”
Toon will be tough
Mohamed Salah is confident Liverpool will beat Newcastle on Saturday – but doesn’t think It’ll be easy.
Jurgen Klopp’s side face Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm – four days before their Champions League trip to Napoli.
Speaking ahead of the game, Salah said: ” Newcastle is always tough home or away, the way they play. They have a good team and good players and a good coach. We just need to focus on ourselves and do our job.
“Last season we lost the Premier League by one point and just need to keep focusing on each game right now. We don’t need to lose any points.”