Liverpool have been here before.
The Reds face Napoli in their final Champions League group game needing to see off the Serie A side in order to book their place in the last 16.
Last time Liverpool won Europe’s premier club competition, in 2005, they faced a similar scenario, needing to beat Olympiacos to progress. And they did just that, running out 3-1 winners with a particularly spectacular strike from captain Steven Gerrard.
Anfield is famous for how it comes to life on European nights and the Kop faithful will once again need to be the 12th man for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s showdown, here are the three betting tips that could see you celebrating a big win along with the Reds.
Salah to score
With a magnificent hat-trick against Bournemouth at the weekend, Mohamed Salah reclaimed his place at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
The Egyptian magician, who scored a phenomenal 44 goals last term to earn the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards, now has 12 goals in all competitions from 22 appearances this season.
Salah began the campaign somewhat slowly, perhaps still recovering from the effects of the shoulder injury sustained in May’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, perhaps feeling a World Cup hangover after leading his country in Russia.
With his treble at the Vitality Stadium, though, Salah proved he is back to his best. The 26-year-old will once again be Liverpool’s biggest threat against Napoli.
Both teams to score
Led by record signing Virgil van Dijk and backed up by outstanding Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, Liverpool are on track to set a new Premier League record for the fewest goals conceded in a season if they can keep up their current defensive stubbornness.
However, the Reds have been less effective at the back in the Champions League, shipping seven goals in five group-stage games.
And keeping a clean sheet against Napoli will prove particularly challenging. The Partenopei are currently Serie A’s joint-highest scorers, level with leaders Juventus on 32 goals scored from just 15 games played.
Liverpool to win by two clear goals
In order to progress to the first knockout phase, Liverpool need either a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night, or to beat Napoli by two clear goals.
The Italian’s firepower makes the former a difficult task, but, thanks to their own attacking prowess, Liverpool are more than capable of channeling the spirit of ‘05 and getting the two-goal margin they require.
*Odds subject to change
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by Tom Bodell