Liverpool began their Champions League campaign with a four-1 loss to Napoli on Wednesday evening at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Italy.
A sluggish start out from the guests saw Victor Osimhen practically place the Serie A side ahead soon after he rounded Alisson just before hitting the post, but it was just minutes just before they broke the deadlock courtesy of a Piotr Zielinski penalty that was awarded soon after James Milner’s handball.
Napoli had been handed a second spot kick soon after Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have fouled Osimhen, only for Alisson’s cease to make certain the deficit would stay at a single purpose. But that wasn’t for lengthy soon after the Reds located themselves two- down when André-Frank Zambo-Anguissa connected with Zielinski’s pass, just before impressive solo operate from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia on the left flank saw him reduce back for substitute Giovanni Simeone to add a third for the Naples side just before the half-time whistle.
Jurgen Klopp introduced Joel Matip at the break, but that did tiny to cease the storm as Napoli scored inside 90 seconds of the restart. Despite Luis Diaz’s fast reply with a fine finish from outdoors of the box, Liverpool had been unable to discover their way back into the game.
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It’s challenging to discover positives in a efficiency that was so a single-sided on the evening, but Luis Diaz’s show is a thing that stood out.
The left-winger scored but yet another purpose from cutting in on his favoured proper foot, and he was the only player who looked like he could make a thing come about on the forward line.
Liverpool began the game as well slow and could not look to cease a relentless Napoli side. The defending was naive across the match, though there did not look to be any structure among the midfield and defensive line. A incredibly poor show from the 21/22 Champions League runners-up.
Manager rating (out of ten)
Jurgen Klopp, five — Fitness troubles may possibly have forced Klopp’s hand in terms of group choice against Napoli, but his persistence with the higher-line is a thing that may possibly have to have to be tweaked soon after how it was exposed.
Player ratings (1-ten ten = finest, players introduced soon after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alisson, six — There wasn’t a lot that the Liverpool goalkeeper could do about any of the objectives, possessing produced a quantity of sturdy stops. He was basically let down by his defence on as well lots of occasions on the evening.
DF Andy Robertson, five — Liverpool’s beginning left-back took a though to get going but he was a single of Liverpool’s far better players in the second half, as he looked to get forward to combine with Luis Diaz who started to operate a lot more centrally.
DF Virgil van Dijk, four — The Netherlands star has to do a lot a lot more to aid command Liverpool’s defensive line as the most knowledgeable player in the side. Jurgen Klopp’s side had been all more than the location at the back, and that left the mountain as well challenging to climb in the second half. A clearance off the line denied Napoli in the initially half, but he then conceded a penalty.
DF Joe Gomez, four — Nothing seemed to go proper for Joe Gomez on the evening who was caught in possession on a quantity of occasions, and in moments exactly where he did make get in touch with, the ball seemed to divert back into a risky region. The 25-year-old’s positioning also left a lot to be preferred. Replaced at half-time for Joel Matip.
DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, four — A properly-picked out pass into the feet of Mohamed Salah on the half-hour mark practically saw the Egypt international level the scoring in the initially half, but Alexander-Arnold was beaten as well conveniently by Kvicha Kvaratskhelia in the create up for Napoli’s third purpose.
MF Fabinho, five — The Brazil international could not look to impose himself on the match, with Napoli playing by means of his press with relative ease. That aspect wasn’t helped by an general poor show from Liverpool in midfield as a group.
MF James Milner, five — A handball inside the box from Milner saw Napoli awarded a penalty to edge themselves into an early lead. The knowledgeable midfielder was careless in possession, with lots of of his lengthy balls conveniently dealt with by the Serie A side’s defence.
MF Harvey Elliott, six — Liverpool’s brightest player in midfield as Elliott looked to progress the ball forwards into good places. Elliott typically produced the proper selection regardless of getting the Reds’ youngest player on the field.
FW Luis Diaz, 7 — The Colombia international was Liverpool’s brightest spark on the evening, even in a game that looked far out of attain. His finish outdoors the box early in the second-half was exceptional, though he then came close with a header that was properly saved by Meret.
FW Roberto Firmino, five — Liverpool’s centre-forward could not get into the game and located himself typically crowded out by defenders. An practically anonymous show from the Brazil international.
FW Mohamed Salah, five — Salah had Liverpool’s only actual likelihood of the initially half, but his work was tame and easy for Alex Meret to save. Napoli kept the Egypt international quiet general, in a match exactly where he struggled to make an effect from the proper wing.
Joel Matip (Gomez, 45″), six — Introduced at the break for Joe Gomez but could have completed a lot more for Napoli’s 4th purpose. Brought the ball forwards from defence properly, and was capable to break the lines with his passing.
Darwin Nunez (Firmino, 62″), six — Nunez looked to make runs in behind to stretch the play, but Liverpool did not discover him in space sufficient. The former Benfica forward’s selection-creating looked to be good, and he did properly to choose out Diogo Jota late-on in the game who could not finish.
Thiago (Milner, 63″), 7 — A return from injury from Thiago saw him add a lot more handle to Liverpool’s midfield, a aspect that was desperately necessary soon after Napoli’s continued achievement. Won the ball back on a quantity of occasions.
Diogo Jota (Salah, 63″), five — Jota located himself in good places but he was promptly crowded out by defenders. Regardless, crucial minutes soon after a return from injury sustained in pre-season will be beneficial going forward.
Arthur (Elliott, 77″) N/R — Introduced for Elliott in the 77th minute in a Liverpool debut against familiar opposition for the on-loan Juventus midfielder, and he looked to take pleasure in his minutes playing alongside Thiago.