NAPLES, ITALY - Tuesday, September 17, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah looks dejected after missing a chance during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at the Studio San Paolo. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Praise for Fabinho, confusion over VAR – Liverpool fans react to 2-0 defeat at Napoli

Liverpool’s European campaign begun with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Napoli, where the performance did not accurately reflect on the scoreboard.

Napoli 2-0 Liverpool

Champions League, Stadio San Paolo
September 14, 2019

Goals: Mertens 82′, Llorente 90+2′

The Reds’ defence of their European crown got underway with their trickiest away game in Group E, and the difference from this season’s visit and last seasons was like chalk and cheese – yet the result remained the same.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side were full of conviction in the opening term and consistently looked threatening on the counter, only for the final ball to evade the desired target.

The second 45 followed in a similar fashion as both sides traded blows and despite Liverpool looking the most likely as Napoli tired in the heat, the knockout punch was landed when Andy Robertson was deemed to have impeded Jose Callejon in the area – with Dries Mertens converting from the spot.

The finishing touches were added by the Italians in stoppage time after a loose pass in defence fell the way of Fernando Llorente, resigning the Reds to a fourth successive away defeat in the group stages.

Here’s how fans reacted to the result on Twitter, Facebook and This Is Anfield’s forums.


There were mixed views on the decisive penalty decision, with VAR and Robbo’s involvement both scrutinised…

“Stupid by Robertson. It wasn’t a big contact, but he didn’t need to go in like that. History repeats itself it seems a late error on our side to throw the game away.”

Hope in your heart on the forums.


Fabinho’s barnstorming performance at No.6 received widespread admiration from start through to finish…



And while the overall performance was much improved from last season, fans were left to rue missed chances…

“Just have to be a little more clinical next time. We had our chances throughout this match.”

Neukolln on the forums.




Despite the result the overwhelming consensus was that the Reds will bounce back, a defeat at Napoli is a good omen after all…



“I’m not bothered in the slightest. No injuries is a plus. We had chances and the pitch was rotten. All we need is 3 wins and we get out of the group no problem.”

T.C.B on the forums.