UEFA Champions League: What do Liverpool and Napoli need to qualify for the knockout stage

Here's what Liverpool and Napoli need to do in order to qualify from the group stages....

On matchday six of the UEFA Champions League,  Liverpool are set to host Serie A side Napoli in what is set to be a do-or-die encounter for the Reds. 

Last season's beaten finalists are not out yet but they have a tough task to book a place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Napoli lead Group C while Liverpool are placed third on the table. 

Napoli have nine points while PSG are second with eight. Liverpool are third and have six points. A lot will also depend on PSG's game against Red Star Belgrade. So what do they need to do to qualify for the knockout stages:

Scenario 1: PSG win against Red Star Belgrade

This is the most likely scenario, given that Red Star have already been eliminated. In this case, Liverpool have to beat Napoli by a margin of two goals or a 1-0 result in order to go through. PSG will win the group and Liverpool will be second in this case.

But any other result will send Napoli through along with PSG. A loss for Carlo Ancelotti's side by a margin less that two goals or a draw will see PSG win the group but a win will see Napoli win the group. 

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Scenario 2: If PSG draw against Red Star Belgrade

In this case, PSG will have nine points and if Napoli manage to get a draw or a win against Liverpool, the French champions and the Serie A side will go through. But if Liverpool manage a victory, all three teams will have nine points and then the tie-break rules will have to be applied:

1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams

Scenario 3: If PSG lose to Red Star Belgrade

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This is a highly unlikely scenario but one which will ensure Napoli's qualification regardless of their result against Liverpool. But a win by any margin will do nicely for Liverpool and they will qualify at the expense of PSG. 


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