Liverpool lost their first game in the Champions League this season as they lost 1 goal to nil in a frustrating night at Naples. Napoli is always a tough team to play away, but much more was expected of the Reds who hardly got no shots on target. The fatigue of their tough run of fixtures was evidently showing in their poor performance at Naples. There are a lot of things being said about the Liverpool front three and despite scoring 10 goals amongst themselves this season, they are looking far from their best. Although it is a concern for manager Jurgen Klopp, it doesn’t seem like the end of the World for Liverpool. Although they haven’t been off the blocks scoring those goals, they are pulling off ugly hard-fought wins this season, to the delight of their manager and even recorded the greatest start to their season.
0 – Liverpool failed to muster a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since February 2006 (0-1 vs Benfica). Wayward. pic.twitter.com/bjYUuzDkz5
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2018
Only goal difference keeps them off the top of the Premier League Table ahead of Sunday’s clash with reigning champions Manchester City. Meanwhile, they started their Champions League campaign with a memorable 3 – 2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield two weeks ago. However, questions will now no doubt be asked after a 1 – 0 defeat away at Napoli as Liverpool failed to register a shot on target for the first time under Klopp. The last time something like this happened was in the early days of Brendan Rodgers reign when they played away at Hearts in the Europa League. Liverpool now face defending Champions Manchester City on Sunday after failing to get a win in their last three outings and they needed to thank Daniel Sturridge for maintaining their unbeaten run after his heroics won them a point at Chelsea. He was introduced late on in Naples too but it was Insigne who got the late winner for the hosts.
"They didn't deserve much out of the game…"
"Liverpool fell asleep for the goal and got punished."
Steve McManaman's honest assessment of Liverpool's performance in Naples. pic.twitter.com/l7gycEKF3H
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 3, 2018
Liverpool never looked like scoring throughout the game, as three men marked Mo Salah, was yet again ineffective and the same could be said about Mane and Firmino too. This is something that no one has ever been to accuse Jurgen Klopp’s men of. The Reds have rarely been at their best this season. But if you think of it, they were still finding their feet in the first two months of last season. They were at their majestic best at Arsenal but it was autumn when the Reds really took off. That was the time when we saw the best of Jurgen Klopp’s team and the best of Salah, Mane, and Firmino. David Ospina might have had a quiet evening between the posts, but Klopp has vowed that there won’t be many more who say that until May. This might be frustrating due to the result and the fatigue, but the best of the Liverpool front three are yet to be seen.