Napoli vs Liverpool – Football Match Report – 7th September 2022

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Liverpool were rocked by a dominating Napoli as the Premier League side lost 4-1 in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

The 2021-22 Champions League finalists have struggled to maintain their usual form of command in domestic football this season and their struggles continued in Napoli, they found themselves 3-0 down at half-time and Luis DiazThe 49th-minute goal was just a consolation on a scorching night for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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“It’s really hard to take it, it’s not that hard to explain when you look at the game. OK first of all Napoli played a very good game, we didn’t, it’s the first explanation for the loss,” Klopp said.

“They scored a penalty and missed another but the next two goals we served on a plateau and we should defend better. We weren’t compact defensively or offensively. Until Thiago [Alcantara] entered the field, I don’t remember a counter-pressure situation, we were too wide.”

Liverpool’s slow start fell behind just five minutes. Napoli received a penalty after Matteo Politanothe blow hit the hand of James Milner, Piotr Zielinski converted to give the hosts an early lead.

And Luciano Spalletti’s side should have doubled their lead 13 minutes later. After a VAR check, Virgil van Dijk was tried for having knocked down Victor Osimhen illegally in the box and the Serie A side had another kick. Oddly, striker Zielinski was not called up to take the penalty and Osimhen had his 12-yard effort saved by Alisson.

Napoli’s blistering pace and claustrophobic pressure were causing a host of problems for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and the Italian side were about to put daylight between them and Liverpool when Osimhen pinched the ball from Joe Gomez and the square of Khvisha Kvaratskhelia whose effort was cleared off the line by Van Dijk.

But Napoli were not to deprive themselves of second place for long. Liverpool’s defense was sliced ​​by Zielinski’s convincing pass, and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa pressed a shot past Alisson at the near post after 31 minutes.

Liverpool’s horror show only got worse when they found themselves trailing 3-0 a minute before half-time. Typical of the evening’s proceedings, the energetic Kvaratskhelia harassed Trent Alexandre-Arnoldwinning the ball with ease in the box before going square Giovanni Simeone who scored his first goal for Napoli.

Half-time offered Liverpool the chance to recover but the interval did not stop the momentum of the affair, as Napoli continued the assault by scoring a fourth just two minutes after the break. Zielinski added to his tally by crushing Alisson on the second attempt after another easy opener.

Liverpool immediately salvaged a goal as Diaz curled a fantastic finish in the far corner outside the box – the Colombian striker displaying the first real piece of quality of the evening for Klopp’s side.

Klopp made three substitutions just after the hour mark, including the summer signing Darwin Nunezbut they brought no salvation to Liverpool’s tough night at Napoli as the hosts comfortably saw off their three-goal cushion.

“It was almost the perfect game. We don’t know how far we can go from here,” said striker Zielinski.

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