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Liverpool vs Napoli: 3 reasons why The Reds will win | UEFA Champions League 2018-19

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#3 Liverpool's newfound defensive nous

The acquisition of Virgil van Dijk reinforced their defense
The acquisition of Virgil van Dijk reinforced their defense

The biggest improvement of Liverpool in the past 18 months has been their defensive rigidity. In previous years, the Liverpool defense was fragile and unable to hold its own against any sort of opposition.

Liverpool often required a good number of goals before they won any game, because they would always concede. The acquisition of Virgil van Dijk reinforced their defense, and saw them go on a run to the UCL final last season.

The Reds have gone on to show increased defensive resoluteness this season. In 21 games in the PL and UCL this season, they have conceded just 13 goals.

The defense of Liverpool now acts as the basis for the attacking prowess they have to thrive. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Sadio Mane have been allowed to fully express their potential with a rock solid defense behind them.

In order to leave Anfield having qualified for the round of 16, Napoli would have to unsettle the Liverpool defense, as well as contain their attack.

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