Salah made up for Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool struck two late targets to sink Napoli and finish the Italian facet’s club-record 21-game unbeaten run in all competitions with a 2-0 defeat at Anfield. The consequence additionally ended a 13-game successful streak for Napoli.

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With either side already by way of to the UEFA Champions League knockout phases, Liverpool began brightly as Curtis Jones dinked simply over from Mohamed Salah’s threaded cross. Napoli responded and thought they’d taken the lead, however VAR chalked off Leo Ostigard’s second-half bullet header after a really lengthy wait to disclaim the defender his second objective in as many Champions League appearances.

The tie then appeared to fizzle out, however simply when it appeared destined to finish goalless, Salah popped as much as convert Darwin Nunez’s header on the again put up, earlier than Nunez poached one among his personal with a last-gasp tap-in.

Positives

Tuesday marked extra Champions League minutes for Jones, who appears like the true deal at instances. It is really easy to neglect he is nonetheless solely 21. Good sides can win ugly, and that is precisely what Jurgen Klopp’s males did towards the Serie A leaders.

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Negatives

Regardless of their win, Liverpool had been unable to say their dominance over a facet which have been an actual handful for them lately and this one may have ended very otherwise if not for a matter of inches in each penalty areas.

Supervisor ranking (out of 10, 10 = finest)

Jürgen Klopp, 6 — The charismatic Liverpool supervisor celebrated 400 video games with three factors towards an especially well-drilled outfit. What a journey it has been for the Reds throughout his tenure, though he in all probability will not bear in mind this one in just a few years’ time.

Participant scores (gamers launched after 70 minutes = no ranking)

GK Alisson, 6 — Obtained his physique behind a drilled effort from on-loan Spurs man Tanguy Ndombele, however in any other case untested within the opening 45. Gratefully grasped onto a first-time strike from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia that took a nasty deflection off Trent Alexander-Arnold.

DF Konstantinos Tsimikas, 7 — Confirmed good defensive consciousness to snuff out an early Napoli assault. Whipped in some depraved crosses from large areas however could not pressure a breakthrough. Respectable worth for his clear sheet.

DF Virgil van Dijk, 8 — One other milestone as the large defender racked up his 2 hundredth look for the Reds and celebrated with a clear sheet and help. It is honest to say he was lower than impressed with Victor Osimhen’s antics although.

DF Ibrahima Konate, 6 — Received a free-kick in a superb space with a marauding run in direction of the Napoli penalty space from deep in his personal half that ended with him ultimately being wrestled to the bottom by Osimhen. Booked for catching Stanislav Lobotka late.

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 4 — Sloppy. Nodded Virgil van Dijk’s clearance again right into a harmful space, however responded nicely with a superb foot. Penalized for a foul throw — a rarity in any sport not to mention a Champions League fixture — and was troubled by Kvaratskhelia.

MF Thiago, 6 — Began brightly and drew a uncommon cease from Alex Meret with a strong effort from Salah’s pull-back, though it was in all probability a little bit of a digicam save and the goalkeeper all the time appeared equal to it.

MF Fabinho, 4 — Clipped the heels of his man which allowed Ostigard to transform an absolute great thing about a supply that took each Pink shirt out of the sport, however VAR spared his blushes. Confirmed some magic, however solely by miraculously avoiding a reserving.

MF James Milner, 7 — Examined Napoli’s resolve with a fizzed low ball into the field that was hammered to security. He is virtually 37 now and nonetheless enjoying Champions League soccer, and within the engine room too — it’s important to respect that, particularly in contests as frantic as this one was.

FW Curtis Jones, 7 — Near opening the scoring with as deft a dink as you will see from a decent angle, however the ball dipped simply over the bar. Headed one other effort comfortably over after dazzling work from Firmino, and possibly he ought to have hit the goal.

FW Mohamed Salah, 8 — Selfless. The striker requested questions all night, together with a stunning cross that select Jones that minimize straight by way of a crowded penalty space, earlier than stabbing house a considerably fortuitous winner, however he will not thoughts that one bit.

FW Roberto Firmino, 7 — Discovered probabilities to be scarce as the competition become a little bit of a scrap. Slipped in Tsimikas with an clever ball out to the left however his cross was defended nicely earlier than discovering Jones with an outrageous flick that was headed over by the latter.

Substitutes

Mr. F. Harvey Elliot, 6 — Changed injured skipper Milner within the forty eighth minute. Most likely not the time or circumstances that Klopp would have been hoping for. Blazed his finest probability into the stand from Jones’ lay-off to the sting of the field.

MF Stefan Bajcetic, NR — Late minutes for {the teenager} however nothing greater than a cameo.

FW Darwin Nunez, NR — Changed Jones within the 73rd minute and made the distinction, although he’ll be arguing with Salah all night time about who received the opener. Virtually made issues snug with a low cross that was nicked away from Salah on the final second.

FW Fabio Carvalho, NR — A really temporary look from the bench for the inventive ahead, however no time to make an impression.

DF Calvin Ramsay, NR — A memorable night time for the teenager who made his senior debut late on.

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