Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-1 Napoli
Updated: Nov 30, 2019
What a poor night for the Reds at Anfield. We needed 3 points against a Napoli side supposedly in turmoil and we flattered to deceive.
Nobody really turned up tonight, and a slightly curmudgeonly midfield, along with Joe Gomez at right back, produced a stuttering, uncertain first 35 minutes.
The last 10 of the first half was probably our best of the game, as we really didn't get started in the second.
A few half-chances, prior to Lovren's headed equaliser, and then a few more half-chances afterwards were all we had to show for a lot of work.
Napoli defended well but they were rarely genuinely tested and will come away happy with their point.
Liverpool remain top of the group, but it could been so much more comfortable. You get the feeling it's time for Klopp to start being braver with his midfield selections in big games.
Alisson - Apart from Merten's goal, he had literally nothing to do. Can't remember the last time a side came to Anfield and offered so little of an attacking threat throughout a 90 minutes. Could've done better for the goal. 6
Joe Gomez - Not Joe's best night. He really is not a good alternative to the natural attacking talent of Trent. Toiled away but it's clear that his confidence is low right now. 5
Virgil Van Dijk - Solid, was down injured when Napoli scored but the relief when he came back on was palpable. Hopefully it was just a minor thing and he's fit for the weekend. Was largely untroubled after their goal. 7
Dejan Lovren - Head and shoulders our best player. It's funny how Lovren throws in one of these performances every now and again. Won everything in the air and on the ground, seemed to have an extra yard of pace, and scored the equaliser. 8 Man of the Match
Andy Robertson - A big of a mixed bag of a night for Andy. He was defensively sound, but the few opportunities he did get to cross led to what was more hit and hope, as opposed to hit the target. Granted, Napoli didn't allow much space but we expect so much more from Robbo these days. 6
Fabinho - Had little time on before going off injured. Fingers crossed it's nothing too serious. NA
Jordan Henderson - A solid enough night for the captain, who filled in three different positions, eventually ended up back in midfield, after a brief stint at right back. Constantly peppered the Napoli box with deep crosses but all to no avail. 7
James Milner - A jack of all trades, but a master of none tonight as the ageing midfielder failed to really make an impact. Before being subbed for Trent late on in the game. As we've said before, you have to wonder if the time of Milly starting big European games should be at an end soon. 6
Sadio Mane - Our best attacking player, by a mile. But still didn't really get started. If anybody was going to do something, it was him but Napoli strangled the life out of our forward line so he got few opportunities. Kept working away, though. 7
Mo Salah - A bad, bad night for Mo. Didn't get started. Looked like he was still struggling with something and constantly made the wrong decisions. If he's not fit, he shouldn't be started as it's doing nothing for him - or us - at the moment. 5
Roberto Firmino - Could probably just repeat what was said on Saturday, as Bobby was muted and held at arms length all night. Dropped back into midfield in the first half, he was so deprived of possession. Like Salah, he's yet to really get started this season. Lovely little one-two with Mane was his only real highlight. 6
Gini Wijnaldum - Came on early in the first half for the injured Fabinho and played the six role. Did well enough, his usual self, really. 7
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Our first real sub and showed a lot of urgency but was just too eager. Ultimately had little impact on the match. 6
Trent Alexander-Arnold - On too late to really affect proceedings. Should've come on after an hour. 6