The Reds did put up an inexperienced side after their 1-0 loss in the EFL Cup and their only hope for silverware this season, the FA Cup, has been extinguished after the Wolves hit the Reds with a goal in the first minute of the game.
It was Richard Stearman who scored after just 53 seconds and then Andreas Weimann scored the second for the away side as they looked to cause another upset. Jurgen Klopp brought on the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge to change things in the second half and the Englishman did assist Divock Origi for the only goal for the Reds but that was it.
This marked the third loss in a row at home for the Merseyside club and Jurgen Klopp did take responsibility for the poor performance. While the club tries to amp itself up for the visit of Chelsea in a few days, here are the ratings for the Reds from the loss.
Loris Karius – 7/10
There really wasn’t much Karius could have done for both goals conceded. The German was pretty good otherwise and did have a couple of good saves to keep Liverpool in the game.
Connor Randall – 6/10
The young right-back didn’t have the best of times in the first half and couldn’t really link up well with the attacking players. He was substituted at the start of the second half to bring on Philippe Coutinho.
Joe Gomez – 5/10
The Englishman still looks short of match practice and Costa from the Wolves had a field day against the youngster. Gomez didn’t look comfortable on the field at all.
Ragnar Klavan – 6/10
The Estonian does seem to need some rest, he might have put in a few good performances lately but the month of January has been horrid for him.
Alberto Moreno – 6/10
The Spaniard gave away a free-kick in the first minute which the away side took advantage of. Moreno was alright thereafter but really couldn’t add a lot of quality to the Liverpool attack.
Ovie Ejaria – 7/10
The young midfielder was one of the bright spots for a poor Liverpool side and tried hard to create openings for the side. He didn’t really produce a lot of clear-cut goal scoring opportunities but he can hold his head up high after the game.
Lucas Leiva – 6/10
Lucas had another poor game and often looked out of his depth. He should have taken a leader’s role to guide the young side but didn’t do much on the field.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10
Unlucky to get booked in the second half, Wijnaldum was another player that many expected to step up in the game but barely got going. He did have a good chance to score in the second half but wasted his opportunity.
Ben Woodburn – 7/10
Woodburn was played out on the right and did have a couple of bright sparks, especially in the second half but it just was not enough for the Reds.
Roberto Firmino – 6/10
The Brazilian looked off-colour and does need some rest. He wasn’t really involved in the game and was taken off in the second half to bring on Daniel Sturridge.
Divock Origi – 4/10
Origi might have gotten the goal but he was horrible with the ball at his feet. His movement was static; he gave away needless fouls and certainly looks like he needs a rest.
Philippe Coutinho – 6/10
The Brazilian came on at the start of the second half but there was barely any movement form the Liverpool players which Coutinho could use. A poor second half and hopefully he will do better against Chelsea.
Daniel Sturridge – 5/10
Sturridge barely helped the side out and tried to do too many things with the ball at his feet. Again, no movement, no penetration and a poor showing from the Englishman on the pitch.
Emre Can – 5/10
The German didn’t really stand out either from a horrendous showing at Anfield.
“Wasted ~100 seconds. He’s living in 2030” – Some Liverpool fans react hilariously to forward’s struggles against Napoli
Sadio Mane could have made the game safe for Liverpool against Napoli last night. The former Southampton star had three glorious chances to give us a comfortable lead but conspired to miss or see his efforts saved.
The forward’s blushes were saved by Mohamed Salah’s striker in the first half, but Napoli could have knocked us out of the Champions League had it not been for Alisson’s wonder save in stoppage time.
Mane played a few minutes in our win over Bournemouth and looked sharp for a lot of the game, but his finishing was the subject of some ridicule by the Liverpool fans.
The Senegal international is still one of the best attackers we have, and he needs to work on his shooting ahead of our crunch clash against Manchester United on Sunday.
Although the forward wasn’t at his best, some Liverpool fans saw the funny side of his misses, and shared their reactions on Twitter.
Alisson might want to let Mané get a few past him in training. He’s so used to seeing his shots saved now he’s stopped believing he can score.
— N8 | LFC 🇦🇺 (@grubbavitch) December 11, 2018
Sadio Mane has the ability of Samuel Eto’o and the composure of David N’gog
— LFC News (@LFCTransferNRS) December 11, 2018
Mane should clean up Anfield as punishment 😊
— Jamie (@jamiekop227) December 11, 2018
Man of the Match tonight- Sadio Mane
Y’all too slow to keep up with his tactics. A miss on goal cost us 27-32 seconds of time wasted. If he scored, referee is legally obligated to add 30 seconds added time. Missed 4 goals, wasted ~100 seconds. He’s living in 2030.
— Muhammad Umar (@umer_721) December 11, 2018
Mane mad as a bag of kittens. Expect him to score a worldy against Utd after missing 4 sitters tonight. 🤣
— kop in full voice (@LFC_Bantz) December 11, 2018
All mane’s salary MUST go to Alisson’s pocket.
— Johnes (@johnescabezas) December 11, 2018
Hopefully Mane will take it all out on Utd. Incredible misses.#LFC making things easy as always 👀
— Alan Hoey (@Alan_Hoey) December 11, 2018
Mane missing sitters to waste time my LW
— أحمد ⚡ (@psychedelicnoel) December 11, 2018
MANE missed again 😂😂😂😂😂😂
I can’t cry
— SCARFACE (@LFC_LION) December 11, 2018
“It is painful” – Jurgen Klopp provides injury update after 1-0 Napoli win
Liverpool were in the wars last night as they defeated Napoli 1-0 to progress into the knockout round of the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, and we had Alisson to thank for keeping it that way. The Brazilian pulled off a brilliant save in stoppage time, but we should have killed off the game with Sadio Mane missing some gilt-edged chances.
Nevertheless, some Liverpool players put it all on the line at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp spoke about the injuries to James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip.
Milner and Trent had to be subbed while Matip picked up a shoulder problem later in the game. The German told Liverpoolfc.com that the right-back could have a bit of a problem while Milner was suffering from cramp.
“I’m not sure. Nobody told me anything about [Joel’s] shoulder, so hopefully that’s a good sign.
“Trent got a knock on his foot, we are not sure about what exactly it is. It is painful.
“Millie had cramps – I hope it was only cramp. That was it, I don’t know anything else.”
The Reds are stretched a bit at the back with Joe Gomez out till the New Year while Dejan Lovren only recently returned from a training injury and got a few minutes against Napoli.
Our next game is against Manchester United on Sunday, and hopefully, we have most of our players at 100%. The right-back spot will be interesting to keep an eye on as Milner could play in case Trent isn’t fit.
The Reds should be buoyed by their performance against the Italians, and we could be in for a brilliant night at Anfield on Sunday too.
Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli
Liverpool made it into the next round of the Champions League with their 1-0 win over Napoli. The Reds had to leave it till the last game of the group to ensure qualification to the knockout round, and what a night it was.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, but Napoli had their chances. Sadio Mane was the culprit as we couldn’t make the game safe, and it almost cost us late on.
The Reds finished second in the group, but more importantly, we kept the momentum and head into the Manchester United tie full of confidence.
There were several fantastic players at Anfield, and here are our player ratings.
Alisson – 9/10
The Brazilian made a huge save in stoppage time to keep Arkadiusz Milik out. We would have given him a 10 but the keeper was barely troubled in the game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5/10
The right-back had some great deliveries in the final third but was troubled a lot by the Napoli attackers in the night.
Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10
Van Dijk was booked early on for a studs-up challenge but barring that, he was excellent at the back as he kept the Napoli attack in check.
Joel Matip – 8.5/10
This possibly was the best display by the Cameroon star since his move to Anfield. Matip was rarely flustered by the Napoli attack, and his passing was top-notch as well.
Andy Robertson – 7.5/10
The Scot didn’t have his best attacking game but some of his interceptions were important. There was one moment where he let the ball past him but Jose Callejon could not take advantage.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10
The Dutch midfielder was a little slow to start, maybe it was the occasion, but he came into the game later on.
Jordan Henderson – 7/10
The captain didn’t have a great start to the game but came into prominence in the second half as we controlled the tie.
James Milner – 7.5/10
It was great seeing Milner make some dashes to break past the Napoli defence but the Englishman had to be subbed with a slight injury.
Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10
Salah was brilliant in the first half and his goal was a thing of beauty. He looked like he was going to cross but decided to slot the ball in between David Ospina’s legs. The Egyptian should have had a second but Ospina saved well.
Roberto Firmino – 7/10
Played as our striker in this game and took some time to adjust to Napoli’s defending. He did do well in the second half and was subbed off after running himself to the ground.
Sadio Mane – 6.5/10
Mane was frustrating in attack as he missed two clear-cut chances to score. Fortunately, the misses did not hurt us but the Senegal star needs to be more composed in front of the goal.
Naby Keita – 6/10
Came off the bench to give some energy and running to the side.
Fabinho – 6.5/10
The Brazilian provided some extra cover for the defence.
Dejan Lovren – NA
Came on late in the late.
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