Napoli 4, Liverpool 1 – Match summary: The Reds forget how to play football

Napoli: Zielinski 5′ (penalty kick) 47′, Anguissa 31′, Simeone 44′
Reds: Diaz 49′, player XX’, player XX’

before the match

The Reds hardly bounce back to this tie after a subpar start to the season. And starting the Champions League group stage at a stadium where the Reds only managed a single point and had no goals in three attempts isn’t the most obvious way to get us out of the doldrums.

In any case, if The Reds can get anything from Napoli tonight, and it could just be a bonus, and it will probably make the rest of the group’s commute much easier. Honestly, I could have missed any last chance for Anfield Heroics in the final.

Jurgen Klopp sends his strongest team (of uninjured players). Roberto Firmino got Darwin Nunez’s nod at the top, and the rest is as expected.

first half

Alison walks away with one straight from the exit. The Brazilian, who is usually very reliable in his duties as a goalkeeper, is the second best baller on the edge of the area. He withdraws from the challenge, and in doing so allows a free look at the goal. Fortunately, the effort from a narrow angle could only find the outside of the prism. Liverpool is lucky early on.

Penalty. James Milner makes an excellent block. And gives a penalty in the process.

Goal. Well, Napoli easily beat Liverpool’s offside trap about three times in the first four minutes, so bad things were bound to happen. Zielinski sends me the wrong way and Liverpool once again find themselves trying to dig a hole they have dug for themselves.

James Milner goes to the book in order to challenge the unruly midfield. He can easily walk away if the referee awards the yellow color to handball in the penalty area. It’s…not a great start for the Reds!

Penalty. This was awarded by VAR, frankly, for an incredibly soft stylus. There was contact, no doubt, but the ball really went. Van Dijk got yellow, too. that is great.

save! But Ali saves the effort and the sky of Naples bounces! Liverpool, against all odds, is still kind of into this. Now, please stop that with your idiocy.

Van Dijk removes one from the goal line, after Joe Gomez gets caught, and yes, Liverpool are really lucky, as they were only 1-0 down. It really hurts to watch it.

Goal. There is a second. It could easily be 4 or 5 now. Gomez was caught again, losing the ball instead of passing it back to Ali or just touching it. Hence the simplest by-ball game Anguisa plays in, which ends easily.

Goal. Another mistake by Gomez, that should conclude one of the worst first half of Jurgen Klopp’s reign.

I don’t know what the answer is here. There are problems all over the stadium. Liverpool are absolutely toothless in attack and are in complete disarray at the back. Klopp will likely use all 5 of his subs in the first half and still need more.

the other half

Klopp shows restraint, deciding to bring in Joel Matip only for Gomez. Honestly, either Fabinho, Milner, Salah, Alexander-Arnold or all of them could have gotten the hook in the half and that would have been fair.

Goal. Holy damn. It’s straight forward as it gets. Simple cut ball, easily beat offside trap, leaving Ali 1 v 1 again. It saves the initial effort but can’t do anything about the bounce. This is Derry.

Goal? Goal! Diaz decides to go to him alone, turning into the far corner with a shot from distance. Christ, Louis, save these when we need them.

Klopp is making some additional changes: bringing in Diogo Jota, Nunez and Thiago for Salah, Firmino and Milner respectively. No pressure on Darwin, but this is the time for a triple trick. A few minutes later, Arthur Melo made his Liverpool debut. Go get it, tiger.

last thoughts

That was horrible and I have nothing to say.