Barcelona vs Borussia Dortmund
Europe – Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Liverpool could book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare when they welcome Napoli to Anfield on Wednesday night.
The holders will secure top spot in Group E with victory, but Napoli are the only team to beat them inside normal time this season and know that a win of their own would also secure their place in the knockout rounds.
Klopp confirmed after Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace that Salah – the match-winner in this fixture last season – will be fit to feature after being an unused sub at Selhurst Park due to an ankle injury.
Andrew Robertson played the full 90 minutes of that match following an ankle issue of his own, and no new injury concerns arose at Selhurst Park.
Fabinho will miss Saturday’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion through suspension and so is likely to start this one, but there could be changes in midfield with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain potentially dropping into a deeper role to make room for the returning Salah.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored three of Liverpool’s six goals in the double-header against Genk and will therefore be hopeful of a start, while the likes of James Milner, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana are also pushing for selection.
Xherdan Shaqiri could be included in the squad having now recovered from a calf problem, but the match is expected to come too soon for Joel Matip.
Napoli, meanwhile, could be without two key attackers in Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne due to stomach and elbow problems respectively.
Milik in particular would be a big miss having scored five of Napoli’s last seven Serie A goals, although they do have options with Fernando Llorente and Dries Mertens, both of whom scored late goals in the reverse fixture and the latter of whom is only five goals short of the club’s all-time goalscoring record of 121.
Kevin Malcuit is a long-term absentee due to ligament damage.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Napoli possible starting lineup:
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Callejon, Allan, Elmas, Fabian Ruiz; Lozano, Mertens
Barcelona vs Borussia Dortmund Head To Head
This will only be the sixth meeting between these two sides, with the previous five being evenly split at two wins apiece and one draw.
There has never been an away win in this fixture, with each of the last four going the way of the hosts – a Steven Gerrard-inspired Europa League triumph in 2010 followed by the three meetings over the past two Champions League group stages.
The reverse fixture in September saw Napoli score twice late on to secure the win over the holders.