• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Napoli 2-0 Liverpool

So it just was not to be last night. The players huffed, puffed and looked to have found a breakthrough more than once but we just could not find the finish.


It was inevitable, therefore, that the home side would find a way through. Despite Liverpool dominating large periods of the match, neither side deserved to win it.


But Napoli did and Liverpool will now have to 'go again' in a couple of weeks when Salzburg arrive at Anfield on the back of their opening day 6-2 win over Genk last night.


For Liverpool, in the meantime, it's back to the Premier League this weekend for the visit to Stamford Bridge and the team will hopefully be back to their best.


Adrian - Sad night for the 32 year old who was making his Champions League debut. He was excellent, making at least 3 top saves that even our number one would've been proud of. But he wasn't able to do anything about the penalty, despite getting a strong hand to it. 8


Trent Alexander-Arnold - And, once again, another mixed game for Trent. The youngster has had a tough start to the season. Some great moments mixed with some very poor. last night was a good summary of his season so far. 6


Joel Matip - Was our best defender again but was little he could do about the second goal. Wasn't able to maraud forward as often as he usually does either. 7


Virgil Van Dijk - After having seemed solid and comfortable most of the night, an uncharacteristic lapse toward the end gifted Napoli the three points. Hopefully that's out of his system for the foreseeable future. 6


Andy Robertson - Didn't look right and the sight of him having his knee strapped makes you wonder why he was even starting, let alone finish the game. He wasn't getting forward to great effect and gave away the penalty. 6


Fabinho - Fabinho had relative control of the midfield in a bitty, scrappy match but then again, he usually does. He was tidy and reliable on the ball, so it's an easy choice for MOTD in a match where few players from either side really were. 7 Man of the Match


James Milner - We love Milly, you love Milly and Jurgen certain loves Milly but you have to wonder if starting the 33 year old in a massive away fixture in Europe when you have options like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gini Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri on the bench is wise. Jurgen perists with that stodgy, workmanlike midfield and - let's be honest now - it's never, ever worked in a big game. Not once. It has to be the last time. 5


Jordan Henderson - Wasn't able to do his usually 'box-to-box', energiser bunny impression in such a tight game but he shouted, cajoled and tried to make things happen. It didn't work. 6


Sadio Mane - It was a distressingly below par night for Sadio. The usually reliable winger had a rare off night. He fluffed a pass that would've surely led to us opening the scoring and had several opportunities himself to make it happen. 6


Mo Salah - Was the best of our front three but that wasn't saying much. Napoli had him shackled but he did break free a few times. Wasn't able to find a break through though. 7


Roberto Firmino - From Saturday, where he was unplayable, to last night where he was doing his best Divock Origi impression. Bobby just wasn't at it, like Sadio, but he'll have to be back to his best for Sunday afternoon. Had one good header off target. In all honesty, he should've probably at least hit the target. 6


Subs:


Gini Wijnaldum - His introduction - not coincidentally - saw the Reds wrestle control of the midfield and start to dominate. 7


Xherdan Shaqiri - Not a lot going on really, and he hardly had much to do. NA



 
 

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