Liverpool secured a comfortable 5-0 victory over Napoli in Dublin on Saturday, with Alisson’s highly anticipated first appearance in goal the talk of the town.
Liverpool 5-0 Napoli
Pre-Season Friendly (8), Aviva Stadium
August 4, 2018
Goals: Milner 4′, Wijnaldum 9′, Salah 59′, Sturridge 73′, Moreno 77′
Jurgen Klopp‘s charges put Napoli to the sword in front of a packed-out Aviva Stadium in their penultimate pre-season match in what was a fine attacking display from the men in red.
Napoli had yet to even acclimatise before James Milner handed Liverpool the lead in the early stages of the opening term, with Gini Wijnaldum adding a second in quick fashion after heading home from close range.
The Reds emerged from the break with renewed vigour as a further three unanswered goals hit the back of the net, with Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno all etching their name on the scoresheet.
Here is how Liverpool supporters reacted to the victory on Twitter, Facebook and our forums.
While Alisson was a little shaky on his debut, his distribution had many salivating…
That ball from Alisson!? Christ, he’s our attacking midfielder, isn’t he!
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) August 4, 2018
How's that for a first touch. Alisson Becker, left footed ping 60 yards out to Mohamed Salah's feet. 20 seconds later, James Milner scores. 1-0.
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 4, 2018
Alisson already showing off his distribution skills and it’s scary good.
So nice to have a keeper that’s picking out a pass rather than just booting it down field.
— LFC Torres (@WC_LFC_Torres) August 4, 2018
– nobluff on the forums.
Alisson has Quarter-Back levels of vision and distribution. It's a joy to watch.
— Ferg (@fergmilligan) August 4, 2018
Alisson has been a little shaky at times in that first half. Not had many shots to deal with but a couple of misjudgements could have been costly. There would be nothing worse in the season half than for him to make a mistake that led to a goal. #LFCPreSeason
— Matt Addison (@MattAddison97) August 4, 2018
The confidence playing out from the back that first 45 minutes hasn’t been seen since reina left. That all comes down to a world class keeper in alisson. Will make our attack even more deadly #LFC #LiverpoolNapoli
— LFCYYZ?? (@LfcYyz) August 4, 2018
Some nice touches from Alisson – in particular that ball to Salah in the build-up for the opener – but he’s looked a little shaky in this first half. Understandably adapting to his new surroundings.
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) August 4, 2018
Alisson has looked absolutely unreal so far. Such a weird feeling as a Liverpool fan, not having to worry about your goalkeeper messing up or fumbling the ball.
— Mik (@MikLFC) August 4, 2018
James Milner continued to impress supporters with his tireless displays…
Salah, Mane, Firmino, Keita all on the pitch. Who scores the first goal? James Milner. Makes sense. Lol. Great finish into the top left corner too.#LFC
— LFC Dagger (@lfc_dagger) August 4, 2018
Very much enjoying Milner’s late career reinaissance. Keeps getting better the deeper he goes into his 30s. He’s a machine.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) August 4, 2018
James Milner will be at this club till he’s 50 guy doesn’t stop
— ? (@Kashaveli_) August 4, 2018
“Shame about Milner. Hope he is ready for the first prem game. He has been brilliant in pre season.”
– geebo on the forums.
Milner doesn’t get older, he gets younger.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) August 4, 2018
The performance was met with pure delight as last season’s Serie A runners up were put to the sword…
“If this is any sort of sign of what’s to come, I can’t wait till next Sunday…”
– Red_Jedi on the forums.
Pre season or not, we’ve just beaten Serie A runners up Napoli, 5-0.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) August 4, 2018
We’re ready. Very ready. The unity, hunger and desire between the players is exceptional, we have a world class goalkeeper capable of breaking the lines from his box, Keïta has been outstanding all pre-season and Salah has picked up exactly where he left off last season.
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) August 4, 2018
With a week to go to the new campaign, I think you can abandon all it's-only-pre-season caveats and confidently state that this is an incredible Liverpool team. They'll need a bit of luck to bring in silverware, but it's going to be a fun season.
— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) August 4, 2018
“What a wonderful debut for Alisson. Liverpool really showing their class against Napoli. 5-0. Really a great all around showing from our lads.
We certainly look to have the quality to challenge for the title this year! :-)”
– vjcpatriot on the forums.
Honestly this Liverpool team is something else, I've said it before but the team spirit is beautiful. Naby Keïta, who has only just come in, feels like he's been with the squad for years.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) August 4, 2018