A thrilling 3-2 win against heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain put Liverpool in driving seat to make it to the knockouts of Champions League 2018-19 from one of the most competitive groups consisting Napoli and Red Star Belgrade as well. However, their trip to hostile Stadio San Paolo tonight to lock horns with Napoli was even more challenging than the previous outing and the Reds came up with their worst ever performance in recent months which eventually led to a disastrous 1-0 defeat.
Liverpool had their most unimpressive first half of the season where they failed to create any goal-bound opportunity and chased it against the well-organized hosts who were running the show in the middle of the park. Alisson made a decent stop to deny Arkadiusz Milik whereas Lorenzo Insigne struck just wide in early minutes. The front trio of the Reds, who brought enormous success last season, was sloppy once again and the scoreline at half-time remained goalless.
If it was a bad first half for Liverpool, their display after the break was even worse and Napoli came close time and again to grab their much-deserved goal. Dries Mertens hit the woodwork from close range and the visitors were completely shattered and standstill all throughout the phase. The hosts finally broke the deadlock when Lorenzo Insigne found a 90th-minute winner from Jose Callejon’s cross from the left and grabbed a much-needed 3 point to lead the Group C in the knockout race.
Napoli vs Liverpool Lineups:
Napoli: David Ospina, Nikola Maksimovic, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui, Allan, Marek Hamsik (Piotr Zielinski 81′), Fabian (Simone Verdi 68′), Jose Callejon, Lorenzo Insigne, Arkadiusz Milik (Dries Mertens 68′).
Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, James Milner (Fabinho 76′), Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita (Jordan Henderson 19′), Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (Daniel Sturridge 89′), Roberto Firmino.
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