Liverpool start the defence of their Champions League crown on Tuesday night with a trip to Italy to take on Napoli.

The Reds will need no reminding of the Partenopei’s threat after being floored by Lorenzo Insigne’s last-minute strike in the corresponding group stage fixture at the Stadio San Paolo last season.

Liverpool have taken an early stranglehold on the Premier League after a 100 per cent start to the season with reigning champions Manchester City having suffered an uncharacteristic wobble.

World class performance on the weekend

Sadio Mane’s double and a Mo Salah strike turned the match round as the Reds came from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 at Anfield last weekend.

Firmino started among the substitutes but came on for Divock Origi against Newcastle and turned the game in the Reds’ favour.

Roberto Firmino impressed when he came on (Nigel French/PA)

Manager Jurgen Klopp had hoped to rest Firmino ahead of the first match of Liverpool’s Champions League defence at Napoli on Tuesday but was forced to summon him from the bench early.

Firmino responded with an inspirational performance as the Premier League leaders completed their recovery from a goal down to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season with a 3-1 victory.

Milestone

An absolute darling with the Reds faithful, the Brazilian forward could make his 200th appearance for Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp picks him for their Champions League opener against Napoli tonight.

The Brazilian has played in 41 of Liverpool’s 42 games in Europe under Klopp, missing only the second leg of last season’s semi-final vs Barcelona during the boss’ tenure.

Gary Neville’s 1-word reply when asked if Roberto Firmino is world class

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