Napoli – Liverpool: Late Napoli Goals Defeat Champions League Holders In Tight Game (2-0)
Late goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente gave Napoli the win in an otherwise close game. Napoli’s defensive scheme was somewhat effective and in attack they managed to bring the ball into decent areas out wide. For much of the game, though, they were unable to find an end product. Many of Liverpool’s better moments came in transition, while against Napoli’s organized defensive phases Klopp’s side sometimes looked short on ideas.
Tactical analysis by Josh Manley.
For the second season running, the Champions League group stage draw has placed Napoli and Liverpool in the same group. Last season, both sides won their respective home games. In Napoli’s home fixture, they managed to secure a 1-0 win without allowing Liverpool a shot on target.
Napoli started the Serie A season with high scoring games – on the opening day they beat Fiorentina 4-3 away from home, but then Carlo Ancelotti’s side were beaten away at Juventus by the same scoreline.
For this game, Ancelotti made three changes from their league win over Sampdoria at the weekend. Nikola Maksimović, Eljif Elmas and Piotr Zieliński were all relegated to the bench as Kostas Manolas, Allan and Lorenzo Insigne all came into the starting lineup with Napoli starting in their 4-4-2 shape.
Liverpool also made three changes from the side that beat Newcastle at the weekend as they made . . .