Liverpool rocked against dominant Napoli as the Premier League side lost 4-1 in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
The 2021-22 Champions League runners-up struggled to maintain his usual leadership level in domestic football this season and their struggle continued at Napoli, finding themselves 3-0 down before halftime. Luis DiazThe 49th minute goal was just a consolation on a hot night for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
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“It’s really hard to take it, it’s not hard to explain when I watched the game. Well, first of all, Napoli played a really good game, but we didn’t, that’s the first explanation for the defeat,” Klopp said.
“They scored a penalty kick and missed another but the next two goals we gave on the board and we have to defend better. We weren’t cohesive defensively or offensively. Even Thiago [Alcantara] I entered the pitch I don’t remember a single position compressed, we were too wide.”
Slow-started Liverpool fell behind after just five minutes. Napoli got a penalty after that Matteo PolitanoA bullet hit a hand James MilnerAnd the Peter Zelensky It was converted to give the hosts the lead early on.
Luciano Spalletti’s team should have doubled their lead after 13 minutes. After the VAR scan, Virgil van Dijk He was sentenced to death Victor Osimhen illegally in the penalty area and the Serie A team took another penalty kick. Oddly enough, top scorer Zelensky was not called to take the penalty kick and Osimhen saw his effort from 12 yards save it. Alison.
Napoli’s frenetic rhythm and stifling pressure caused a host of problems for Jurgen Klopp’s team, and the Italian team came painfully close to putting the light of day between them and Liverpool when Osimin fired the ball from Joe Gomez and squared for Khafesha Kvaratskhelia whose efforts were erased by Van Dyck.
But Napoli was not deprived of second place for long. Liverpool’s defense was cut short by Zielinski’s surveying pass, and Andre Frank Zambo, I’m sorry A shot past Alisson pressed into the near post after 31 minutes.
The horror show for Liverpool only worsened when they found themselves 3-0 down a minute before the break. Similar to the evening routines, the energetic Kvaratskhelia rushes Trent Alexander ArnoldEasily win the ball in the penalty area before squaring it Giovanni Simeone Who scored his first goal for Napoli.
The first half gave Liverpool an opportunity to recover, but the tiebreak did not stop the momentum of the case, as Napoli continued their attack by scoring a fourth goal just two minutes after the end of the first half. Zielinski added to his tally when he beat Alisson at the second attempt after another easy opener.
Liverpool immediately reclaimed a goal as Diaz struck a superb finish into the far corner from outside the penalty area – the Colombian striker provided the first real piece of quality of the evening for Klopp’s side.
Klopp made three substitutions after the hour, including a summer signing Darwin NunezHowever, they did not bring salvation to Liverpool’s difficult night in Naples as the hosts managed to win by three goals.
“It was almost a perfect match,” said Zielinski, the top scorer. “We don’t know how far we can go from here.”