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Liverpool suffered a rather embarrassing defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday, which was a direct result of a number of poor mistakes in the defence. It all started with Dejan Lovren switching off in the fourth minute to allow Harry Kane to break the deadlock.

Lovren was responsible for the second goal we conceded as well and that was enough for Jurgen Klopp as he took the Croatian off for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after just half an hour.

That didn’t stop the goals going in as mistakes from Joel Matip and Simon Mignolet saw Spurs score a couple more but Klopp came out to suggest that subbing Lovren was more of a tactical move and not a reflection of the performance from the former Southampton man.

The German was speaking after the game and was quoted by the Liverpool site as saying:

“Yes (it was a tactical decision) but I really don’t want to blame players.

“Dejan, to be honest, was not worse than Joel [Matip]. We had to change something, we tried to make sure that we are a little bit more stabilised; it was less about the centre-half position with Joe there, it was more that we needed more protection in the half-space. In this case, with Emre which actually didn’t work too well, but that was the idea behind it,”

The boss also analysed each goal we conceded and that we could have defended much better on each occasion.

“The first goal, it’s unbelievably easy to defend; when Harry has the ball not anymore, but before, easiest. It’s a close, small space, we only have to clear the ball – we don’t do it.

“The second goal, all the analysis, all we knew before the game, it was clear Tottenham would play in situations like this.

“We make a cross, not a bad cross, but we overlap in a situation when the ball is already away. We miss the moment. It was not possible for counter-pressing I think. We miss the moment.”

Klopp had another go at Lovren for the second goal.

“Usually, we all know Dejan would make a header in this situation. He missed the ball. And on the other side, Son, because he’s in a better position and he’s very quick, is not to stop anymore so an easy goal.

“Third goal, another present, we have the ball and lose it, make then a free-kick off it, make a foul. But then it’s a free-kick nowhere, it was nothing. We make the header in the middle of the park and have nobody for the second ball.

“Everything that happened today was so obvious. It was bad in these moments. The fourth one just happened like it was today.”

It has been a poor couple of months and all the positive vibes at the start of the season have gone down the drain. We play Huddersfield next and it will be a surprise to see if Lovren does make the side again or if we learn how to defend better.

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“It is painful” – Jurgen Klopp provides injury update after 1-0 Napoli win

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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.

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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.

Read more: Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli

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.

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Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli

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Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

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.

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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.

Substitutes

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.

Read more: Liverpool interested in signing £15million-rated Premier League ace in January

Dejan Lovren – NA

Came on late in the late.

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“Worth every penny”, “Could save this country from Brexit” – Some Liverpool fans can’t believe star’s performance against Napoli

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Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

Liverpool made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a commanding yet nervy 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield.

The Reds knew this scoreline would see them pip the Italians to second spot, at least, in the group. However, a goal for the Serie A side would mean we would have to win by a two-goal margin.

Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game, but we were wasteful in the final third. Sadio Mane should have scored a hat-trick, which would have put the Italians out of the tie completely.

The Senegalese star’s misses almost cost us as Arkadiusz Milik found himself free in stoppage time with the ball at his feet, six yards from goal.

The Napoli striker seemed destined to score, and break Liverpool hearts, but Alisson quickly rushed off his line and blocked the powerful shot.

The Liverpool keeper celebrated with the rest of the team after the final whistle, but the Reds were inches away from a painful Champions League elimination.

The Brazilian was imperious for us at the back with his composure, and his passing was on point too. Jurgen Klopp certainly got one of the best keepers in the world, and the Liverpool fans were grateful for the former AS Roma star’s contributions in the win.

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