Klopp and his Liverpool find themselves in desperate need of a 2-0 win against high flying Napoli at Anfield. This is as a result of losing 2-1 against French champions, Paris Saint Germain.
Despite Liverpool having eight shots, their clinical streak was missing from tonight’s performance. They only had one shot on target and this was a penalty, which was converted.
The main men – Mane, Salah and Firmino – had an off day whereas Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani were looking to expose the reds’ defence at every opportunity. PSG had twelve shots and were making Allison a busy man in between the sticks, having eight shots on target.
PSG started the game in a convincing fashion. One downfall and critic of the French giants is that they underperform in the Champions League. They stepped up tonight. Thomas Tuchel got his team fired up from the get go and they had an aggressive approach to Liverpool.
Liverpool’s defensive frailities exposed
The absence of Trent Alexander Arnold meant the regular centre back, alongside Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, was playing right back. The young Englishman looked slightly uncomfortable at righr-back, especially because he was against the elusive pace that Kylian Mbappe and Neymar possess.
The goal’s first goal came from left back, Bernat, who struck a right footed shot into the bottom left corner to wrong foot Allison. Not the finest piece of defending from Van Dijk allowed the Spanish left back to collect the ball and calmly pick his spot. The second goal again came from PSG’s left side which was impressive throughout the game.
Mbappé collected the ball, ran into the eighteen yard box, played the ball to Cavani who’s shot was saved by Allison but the ball was only able to fall at the feet of Neymar to help himself to his fourth goal in five games in the Champions league. Liverpool showed heart to bring the game back to 2-1 courtesy of a James Milner penalty, but their efforts couldn’t result in a second, equalising goal.
The second half saw no goals and Liverpool could only apply pressure but had no end product in what turned out to be a disappointing performance; Not one we’re used to seeing by Klopp’s men. Liverpool will be hoping to revert this loss into a win on Sunday where they face local rivals, Everton, in the Merseyside Derby.
Verratti the controller
Marco Verratti was the standout player from tonight’s match. He controlled the game, was ever so comfortable on the ball and always knew where his opponents were and where his next pass was even before he got the ball. Even when the Italian midfielder was being pressurised at a high intensity by the ferocity that Mane, Salah and Firmino can press opponents, he was so calm and never rushed anything.
Liverpool were not able to feed their front three with the ball in the way they wanted to because Verratti’s positioning denied them access to do so. This performance is an example of why all top teams in Europe are after the twenty-six year old.