Jose Mourinho reminds Manchester United fans they are performing better than Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League

Jose Mourinho is reportedly on the brink of being sacked (Getty Images)Jose Mourinho has reminded Manchester United fans that his side have secured more points in the Champions League than Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham.

Reports have suggested that Mourinho will be sacked regardless of United’s result against Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

The 55-year-old is said to have lose support of his players, while the team were booed off following their goalless draw against Valencia on Tuesday.

But Mourinho is keen to point out that United have yet to lose in the Champions League this season, while Liverpool, City and Spurs have all been beaten in one of their two group games so far.

‘After today’s game we have two weeks, then we go straight into games against Chelsea, in the Premier League, and Juventus, in the Champions League, with two recovery days in between,’ Mourinho said in his matchday programme notes ahead of the game against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

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‘For the moment, we have the most points of any English team in the Champions League, and it is a big responsibility for us to maintain that in our next group match against the super team, Juventus.

‘With such huge games coming up later in the month, it would obviously be good for our confidence to end this current run of fixtures with an important victory this afternoon at home.

‘Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy the game.’

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Naby Keita ‘has a chance’ of starting for Liverpool against Manchester City, says Jurgen Klopp

Naby Keita suffered a back injury in the Champions League defeat to Napoli (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp says Naby Keita ‘has a chance’ of starting in Liverpool’s much-anticipated Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome City to Anfield on Sunday knowing a victory will see them claim top spot in the Premier League.

The Reds won their first six games of the season before being held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea last weekend.

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Liverpool were beaten by Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday and midfielder Keita was forced off during the match with a back problem.

It was initially feared the Guinean star, who joined Liverpool in the summer, would miss Sunday’s showdown with reigning champions Man City.

But Klopp said: ‘Naby had a back spasm. We have to wait. Whether he can train yet, I don’t know. We’ll have to see.

The Reds face Manchester City at the weekend (Picture: Getty)‘It didn’t look too serious, so there’s a chance, but we don’t know.’

Manchester City, of course, won the Premier League in spectacular fashion last season, finishing with 100 points and over 100 goals.

Liverpool appear set to close the gap this term but Klopp says it does not ‘make sense’ to talk about the title race at this stage.

‘I don’t think it makes sense in this moment to think about the title,’ he said.

Keita has made a fine start to his Liverpool career (Picture: Getty)‘Man City is always tough, even when we won 3-0 in the Champions League. In the 4-3 [reverse fixture] they were really good. They never gave up even at 4-1 down.

‘City never lose their focus and they have my respect for sure.

‘We’ll need to be at our best to keep them away from our goal and create some chances in front of their goal. It will be hard work.’

Liverpool will hope to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat to Napoli in midweek against Manchester City.

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‘We didn’t adapt to what they did in the right way,’ Klopp said on his team’s performance in Naples.

‘Yes, they had more chances and we didn’t have a shot on target. But in a lot of moments the Napoli crowd were unhappy with their performance.

‘Now we have three days until we play City. We have to stay cool. We can’t forget how we played at Chelsea three days before Napoli.’

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Jamie Carragher names Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool’s best player this season

Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton last year (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk has been Liverpool’s best player so far this season.

The Reds made a superb start to the 2018-19 campaign, winning seven consecutive games, including their Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side have had a slight wobble this week, losing to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and Napoli in Europe.

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They also dropped their first point of the Premier League season at Stamford Bridge at the weekend and had Daniel Sturridge to thank after his late strike earned a point.

Carragher says Liverpool’s dynamic front three ‘are not quite firing’ but heaped praise on Van Dijk for his impact since arriving at Anfield.

Liverpool signed the Dutch defender from Southampton last year for £75million.

Asked to name Liverpool’s most impressive player this season, Carragher said: ‘Virgil van Dijk.

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher (Picture: Getty)‘I think Liverpool look really solid, and they have since he came in.

‘Opposition teams now look at Liverpool and they don’t see that weakness defensively they’ve seen before in Klopp’s team.

‘The front three, who have been absolute superstars for Liverpool, aren’t quite firing the way they were last season.

‘I’m sure that will come in the coming weeks and months but certainly, at the other end of the pitch, they’re doing their job.’

The Reds face Manchester City this weekend (Picture: Getty)Liverpool, who are joint-top of the Premier League alongside Manchester City, face Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield this weekend.

Carragher expects an entertaining encounter on Merseyside, telling Sky Sports: ‘There’s no doubt the high press and aggression is perfect for Liverpool, certainly at Anfield on that tighter pitch than what we see teams normally play on.

‘In terms of playing that way against City, the debate is whether you really go for them or sit off them.

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‘There’s no set way of stopping Manchester City. Liverpool have a way of playing, not just against City but against everyone, and at the moment that looks like it’s causing City problems.

‘But I don’t think for one minute Pep Guardiola’s going to fall into that trap again.

‘He may do something different to counteract it and that’s what you get with these top managers.’

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Naby Keita given all clear to leave hospital after injury in Liverpool’s defeat to Napoli

The Guinean endured a difficult match before being stretchered off (Picture: Getty)Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has left hospital after being given the all clear by doctors and has not been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Manchester City.

The Guinean was picked to start against Napoli on Wednesday evening but fell to the ground clutching his back and was replaced by Jordan Henderson in the 19th minute.

He was treated briefly by the club’s medical team before being stretchered off, and was taken to a hospital in Naples for further tests.

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There were fears Keita had suffered a serious, long-term injury, but the Mirror report that he has been discharged from hospital and will fly back to England with the rest of the Liverpool squad.

He will undergo further check-ups by the club’s medical team when he returns to Melwood, and could yet play at the weekend.

After receiving treatment, Keita was stretchered off the pitch (Picture: Getty)If Keita is no longer suffering back pains, the club’s physios are expected to let him return to training in preparation for the visit of Man City.

The 23-year-old did not start the match against Napoli particularly well, and the whole side struggled as the Italian side recorded an important victory thanks to a last-gasp goal from Lorenzo Insigne.

Keita has been involved in all seven of Liverpool’s Premier League matches this season, starting four of them, and it would be a huge blow for Jurgen Klopp if he is unavailable against the reigning champions.

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Naby Keita sent to hospital after injury during Liverpool’s defeat to Napoli

Naby Keita suffered a back injury in the defeat to Napoli (AFP/Getty Images)Naby Keita was sent to hospital after suffering a back injury during Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Wednesday evening.

The midfielder went down under no pressure close to the halfway line and was replaced by Jordan Henderson in the 19th minute.

Liverpool’s medical team briefly treated Keita on the pitch but the 23-year-old was forced to leave the field on a stretcher.

A statement from Liverpool after the match read: ‘Keita was transferred to a local hospital with the club doctor, where – with the midfielder’s agreement – he underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition.

‘No decision has yet been taken on when the 23-year-old will be discharged.

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‘Liverpool are scheduled to remain in Italy until Thursday morning before flying back to England.’

It’s unclear whether Keita will be available for Liverpool’s clash at home to Manchester City on Sunday.

Speaking about the midfielder’s injury after the game, Jurgen Klopp said: ‘It is [his] back, that’s what I heard. I don’t know exactly. We have to wait.’

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Jurgen Klopp criticises Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s defeat to Napoli

Sadio Mane was criticised by Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s defeat (AP Photo)Jurgen Klopp admits Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were guilty of holding on to the ball for too long in Liverpool’s defeat to Napoli on Wednesday evening.

A late goal from Lorenzo Insigne sealed the win for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, while Klopp admitted after the game that Liverpool deserved to lose due to their poor performance.

The defeat leaves Liverpool second in Group C, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain, while Napoli are top on four points.

‘The formation was not right, we moved in the wrong spaces, for the three midfielders the job was nearly impossible,’ Klopp told BT Sport.

‘With the ball we were to hectic when there was no reason to be hectic.

Lorenzo Insigne’s late goal secured victory for Napoli (Getty Images)‘Sometimes Bobby [Firmino] ran too long with the ball, or Sadio [Mane] ran too long. When that happens, you cannot produce.

‘The midfielders or the full-backs tried to go forward, but we lost the ball and had to go back in the other direction.

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‘It was intense, but we caused the intensity of the game ourselves.

‘It was an interesting looking group before we started and it’s still interesting now. We want to play better than we did tonight, but even if we don’t play brilliantly, we want a result.

‘Tonight we weren’t as good as we could be.’

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Naby Keita stretchered off with suspected back injury in Liverpool’s clash with Napoli

Naby Keita was forced off with a back injury against Napoli (AFP/Getty Images)Naby Keita was stretchered off with a suspected back injury in Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday evening.

The midfielder lasted just 19 minutes before he was replaced by Jordan Henderson.

It’s unclear if Keita suffered the injury as the result of a challenge but the Guinea international went down under no pressure close to the halfway line.

Liverpool’s medical team briefly treated Keita but the midfielder was forced to leave the field on a stretcher.

The midfielder must now be considered a major doubt for Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

Keita was treated by Liverpool’s medical team (Getty Images)

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Maurizio Sarri predicts Liverpool’s Champions League clash with old club Napoli

The Italian is familiar with both clubs after playing Liverpool in back-to-back games (Picture: Getty)Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is expecting a fiercely competitive match when his old club Napoli host Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Italian coach faced off against the Merseysiders twice in the past week, knocking them out of the Carabao Cup at Anfield before Daniel Sturridge’s wonder goal ensured the spoils were shared in the Premier League rematch at Stamford Bridge.

Napoli’s performances have noticeably dipped since Sarri was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, even though they are still second in the table, but the Chelsea boss is anticipating a great game.

Chelsea were denied three points by a stunning goal from Sturridge (Picture: Getty)Asked if Napoli can beat Liverpool, Sarri replied in English before switching to Italian, saying: ‘Of course. I think that it will be an open game.

‘It will be a very hard game for both teams. For Liverpool to play Napoli will be hard and also for Napoli to play Liverpool because Liverpool are doing really well.’

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Sarri takes on Hungarian side Videoton in the Europa League on Thursday evening with Chelsea, and he is set to rotate his team again after such a draining pair of games against Liverpool.

‘I don’t think we didn’t win against West Ham because of the game in Greece,’ he explained. ‘We have changed a lot of players, and so I don’t think that the reason [for the draw] was that.

Sarri was in charge of Napoli for three years, though never won a trophy (Picture: AFP)‘Of course, tomorrow we need to change some players because we have spent a lot of mental energy and physical energy in two matches against Liverpool.

‘And then after this match [against Vidi] we have to play again in 60/62 hours so I think tomorrow we need to change. I don’t know how many changes, but we need to change.’

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Napoli vs Liverpool TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, odds and team news

Liverpool remained unbeaten in the Premier League after drawing with Chelsea at the weekend (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool travel to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday night as they look to continue their winning start to the competition.

The Reds beat PSG in the opening contest of Group C, whilst Napoli could only manage a goalless draw away to Red Star Belgrade.

Jose Mourinho responds to Paul Scholes calling him an embarrassment to Man UtdBoth Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti’s sides have made impressive starts to their domestic seasons as they sit second in the Premier League and La Liga respectively.

The last time these two teams met was at Anfield in the Europa League in 2010 when Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win.

Carlo Ancelotti is in charge of Napoli (Picture: Getty Images)When is Napoli vs Liverpool?

The match is on Wednesday, 3 October with kick-off at 8pm at the San Paolo.

What TV channel is Napoli vs Liverpool on and is there a live stream?

BT Sport 3 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7.15pm.

Subscribers will be able to stream the action through BT Sport Player and watch on the BT Sport app.

Jurgen Klopp opened his Champions League campaign by beating PSG (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

12/5 Napoli

13/5 Draw

6/5 Liverpool

Arkadiusz Milik (C), Lorenzo Insigne (L) and Piotr Zielinski (R) (Picture: Getty Images)Team news

Liverpool are relatively injury-free, with only Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remaining on the sidelines.

Napoli are without Amin Younes, Alex Meret and Vlad Chiriches.

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Xherdan Shaqiri fires warning at Liverpool team-mates ahead of Napoli clash

Liverpool face Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)Xherdan Shaqiri has warned his Liverpool team-mates they will be punished for any let up in intensity during their Champions League clash with Napoli.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will hope to build on their opening Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain in Naples on Wednesday evening.

Daniel Sturridge’s late goal against Chelsea at the weekend ensured Liverpool remain one of only three Premier League to boast an unbeaten record so far this season.

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But Shaqiri, who spent a brief spell in Serie A with Inter Milan, has warned his team-mates against complacency ahead of the meeting with Napoli.

‘We have to go there with confidence and it has to be our mentality to go there to win the game because if one player is not 100% sure, you cannot win there,’ he told Standard Sport.

‘We have to go there and be confident and try and play to dominate the game and then I’m sure we can win this game.

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‘It’s always special to play in Naples. With Inter that time it was a big derby, they hate each other!

‘Before the game, on the bus, it was hard and they have crazy fans. They are a good team, they’ve played together many years.’

Liverpool thrashed Napoli 5-0 in a pre-season friendly in the summer but Shaqiri is expecting a bigger test this time around.

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‘This game will be totally different to go there and take three points,’ he added.

‘They are used to playing together many years now, it’s similar to Tottenham. But also in the stadium they play at home and it’s always difficult to win a game away in Naples.

‘It will be a hard game.’

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