Analysing Anfield: Van Dijk v Koulibaly and why Newcastle visit could be right time to re-introduce Shaqiri

Virgil van Dijk v Kalidou Koulibaly is just one of a number of big battles in Liverpool’s Champions League opener at Napoli. And in the latest Analysing Anfield, featuring Josh Williams and debutant David Alexander Hughes, they take a deep dive into Tuesday’s Stadio San Paulo clash. Talking points include last season’s corresponding Champions League fixture between the sides, why it went down as Liverpool’s worst performance of the season, but why it also demonstrated Carlo Ancelotti’s enduring class, the argument for Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to play from the start, an examination of Napoli’s major threats, Hirving Lozano and Lorenzo Insigne, and of course, that match-up between van Dijk, the world’s best defender, and Koulibaly, one of the pretenders to the Dutchman’s throne. But before all that is a preview of this Saturday’s Premier League encounter at home to Newcastle United. Josh and David dissect the Magpies under Steve Bruce, look at why the first goal, as well as set-pieces, will be all-important, and why it could be time for Jurgen Klopp to bring Xherdan Shaqiri back in from the cold.

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