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Incredible stat highlights how poor Liverpool’s midfield was against Napoli

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Liverpool were dire in their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Napoli on Wednesday. It seemed the Reds would escape with a draw but Lorenzo Insigne had other plans with a goal in the last minute.

We should have conceded more but Alisson kept us in the game with a number of fine saves.

It was a rather unexplainable performance from the team. The midfield didn’t have a presence while the attack was toothless.

We started with our preferred front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah but failed to hit the target.

Liverpool were taken apart by the home side on numerous occasions. Our game plan went down the drain as Naby Keita was replaced in the first 20 minutes.

Jordan Henderson was the replacement and our midfield of Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner just didn’t do enough.

In fact, a stat from Dan Kennett shed some light on how our midfield underperformed.

There is no dynamism in this midfield and there wasn’t any link-up with the forwards, which reduced our attacking threat. We can’t expect one of the front three to drop back and receive the ball to make something happen. Keita could help the attack but we need the other midfielders to step up as well.

It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp deals with this loss as we have Manchester City next.

Read more: “He is ineffective”, “Always too late to make changes” – Some Liverpool fans upset after last-minute loss to Napoli

This would be our toughest fixture of the season and hopefully, we can come up with all three points on Sunday.

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“It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury

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Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has sustained a broken thumb, according to reports (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The star was with the national side when the injury occurred during training, and the Liverpool Echo claims Mane would be assessed by the club once he returns to Melwood.

This is another injury that Jurgen Klopp has to deal with from the international break. Virgil van Dijk is still suffering from a rib problem while Mohamed Salah picked up a minor problem for Egypt.

The duo are expected to continue their treatment at Anfield, as per the report.

The 26-year-old Mane has four goals to his name this season, and it will be interesting to see if he plays against Huddersfield at the weekend. Liverpool are tied at the top of the table with Chelsea and Manchester City on 20 points.

Some Liverpool fans were cursing the international break for the number of injuries we picked up while a few believed this was good as Mane needed a rest.

Read more: Former Man United star weighs in on Mohamed Salah’s struggles this season

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli

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Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

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Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

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The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

Read more: “Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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