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Liverpool 0-3 Napoli: Disappointing Reds produce flat pre-season performance

Liverpool lost 3-0 against Napoli at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon, in what was the Reds’ worst performance of the summer.

Liverpool 0-3 Napoli

Pre-Season Friendly (6), Murrayfield Stadium
July 28, 2019


Insigne 17′ (assist – Mertens)
Milik 28′ (assist – Insigne)
Amin 52′

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - Sunday, July 28, 2019: Liverpool players line-up for a team group photograph before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Murrayfield Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Following a slightly disappointing three-game winless run in the United States, the Reds were looking to return to top form in Edinburgh.

Jurgen Klopp named the same side that drew 2-2 with Sporting CP, perhaps hinting that it will be his starting XI in next Sunday’s Community Shield meeting with Man City.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum were again used in a front three, starting either side of Divock Origi.

It didn’t produce the positive response expected, though, as the Reds were soundly beaten.

  • Murrayfield host Reds’ penultimate pre-season friendly against Napoli
  • Klopp names unchanged side; Oxlade-Chamberlain & Wijnaldum in attack
  • Disappointing first half sees Napoli lead 2-0
  • Early strike after the break puts the game to bed
  • Liverpool’s worst performance of pre-season

Origi almost poached an early opener for Liverpool, but his close-range flick was guided wide.

Simon Mignolet, still filling in for the absent Alisson, made a couple of saves, as Napoli threatened in the maiden exchanges.

The Serie A outfit opened the scoring in style, as Lorenzo Insigne bent a strike into the bottom corner, following a superb pass by Dries Mertens.

An insipid Liverpool performance swiftly saw them go 2-0 down when Arkadiusz Milik finished well from Insigne’s precise low cross.

Everything about the Reds’ performance had been flat, from defensive frailties to a lack of zest in attack, and a disallowed Wijnaldum effort was about all they could muster in the first half.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - Sunday, July 28, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Murrayfield Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

An unhappy Klopp made no changes at the interval and Liverpool were fast out of the traps, with Fabinho hitting the target.

Despite this, the Reds found themselves 3-0 down when Insigne again made the most of acres of space, before his shot was saved and Amin Younes was on-hand to tap home.

Every outfield player was changed in the second half, which saw 16-year-old Harvey Elliott make a lively debut, having only signed on Sunday morning.

The display only improved slightly, in truth, and the match petered out into one of the more forgettable pre-season friendlies in recent memory.

It’s not an afternoon Klopp and his players will look back at fondly and the hope will be that this sparks a reaction in the final friendly, ahead of the start of competitive action.

Attendance: 67,000

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold (Gomez 73′), Matip (Lovren 62′), Van Dijk (Van den Berg 78′), Robertson (Hoever 73′), Fabinho (Elliott 78′), Henderson (Lallana 62′), Milner (Lewis 78′), Wijnaldum (Duncan 78′), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Wilson 62′), Origi (Brewster 62′).

Subs not used: Lonergan.

Next Match: Lyon (N) – Pre-Season Friendly (7) – Wednesday, July 31, 6pm (BST)

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