Napoli’s difficult trip constitutes a new test for Liverpool’s leftovers for Club Klopp | Liverpool

yOrgen Klopp dismissed the waste theory while searching for answers to Liverpool’s inconsistent start, but if a heavy price was paid for last season’s efforts and deflation last weekHe hopes to get a treatment at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Napoli is far from anyone’s idea of ​​a nice introduction to the Champions League campaign. The Italian club has not lost any of its past eight home matches in the competition, and has not lost this season under Luciano Spalletti, and Liverpool They have not won in three visits to the stadium. The previous two trips, in the group stage, brought together grueling performances and late defeats under Klopp. It provides the perfect setting for Liverpool to show off the best of last season – including the tough touch and defensive organization that helped them become the only team in Champions League history to win all their away matches from the group stage to the final. .

Liverpool dropped points For the fourth time in six Premier League matches on Saturday, Klopp viewed the Merseyside derby mostly positively. He admitted that a goalless draw could have swung in both cases, albeit at the same time messing with the fact that Liverpool could have scored a third straight Premier League win, and it changed the narrative about their season, but because of the woodwork and the heroics of Jordan Pickford in goal Everton.

I followed a similar crisis to Liverpool Failed attempt to win the Champions League in May. But for Thibaut Courtois and his personal crusade to thwart the mission of revenge for Mohamed Salah against Real Madrid, there can be no hangovers associated with this campaign, and Klopp’s team would have achieved the European champion title for the second time in four years.

Or so the theory says. It has its essence – Liverpool scored 24 attempts on goal compared to four attempts for Real in the final, including six attempts by Salah, nine attempts on goal compared to one for Real – which was the goal of Vinicius Junior – and nine attempts saved for nothing for Real in a whole night. Overwhelmed by events outside the Stade de France. It will be interesting to hear the reaction of Liverpool fans when the Champions League anthem is played this season, given the horrific attempt by UEFA and the French authorities. To shift the blame for their mismanagement From the final to the masses.

Returning to the events that took place on the pitch, where Courtois was not the only obstacle for Liverpool to win the seventh European crown. In its review of the final, UEFA’s Technical Monitoring Committee questioned “whether a long campaign had eliminated a challenge on four fronts.” [and yielding two domestic cups]Finally, in Liverpool’s 63rd game.” Roberto Martinez, one of the 23 observers on a panel that also includes Gareth Southgate, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and former Liverpool goalkeeper David James, noted: “I didn’t see their natural energy and they didn’t have the space for the three forwards.”

Mohamed Salah and Fabinho playfully jostle during Liverpool’s training. The Egyptian striker made a modest start to the season. Photography: Peter Byrne/Penn

It’s too early to consider returning to Istanbul for the Champions League final at the end of a season interrupted by the World Cup but Klopp has begun managing key players’ game time.

Kostas Tsimikas replaced Andy Robertson in the derby match with James Milner, replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold, a struggling right-back, for the second consecutive game in which Liverpool were looking for the winning goal.

“It has nothing to do with performance, although I know Trent could play better for sure,” Klopp said at Goodison. “Trent plays all the time, Robo plays all the time. There we have alternatives and we have to use them to bring new energy on the pitch.”

Klopp has received mixed injury updates with Thiago Alcantara available after a hamstring strain although captain Jordan Henderson will not return until after the international break. Curtis Jones has suffered a recurring calf injury while Fabio Carvalho is missing due to a dead leg.