Liverpool fans were nothing but honest in their assessment of the 4-1 defeat at Napoli, a performance that could have seen a deeper wound inflicted on the scoreboard.
It had been coming. It was building and the cards tumbled in Naples, with Napoli dishing out a serving of cold, hard reality for a Liverpool side completely out of sorts.
Within five minutes the Reds were 1-0 down, by the 47th the scoreboard read 4-0 as the Reds were put to the sword. Luis Diaz got Liverpool on the scoresheet and was the one looking to drag his side back into it.
But Jurgen Klopp‘s side looked tired, that spark and intensity that has been a hallmark of his side absent and Napoli smelt blood.
But fans did not hold back in their assessment of the performance…
A Liverpool defensive performance that is demanding the words shambolic and passive be used (older viewers will be remembering the sieve-like era of Torben Piechnik and others and making comparisons)
This is the worst they have played in Europe since Belgrade four years ago
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) September 7, 2022
Outfought, outthought, outran (again) — are they running on empty, do they lack belief, all of the above? Very worrying to see key figures looking like shadows of their former selves.
— Gareth Roberts (@robbohuyton) September 7, 2022
Woeful from Liverpool. Seriously worried now.
— Cameron Hogwood (@ch_skysports) September 7, 2022
Now out-classed #LFC
— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) September 7, 2022
Poor performances across the pitch in that half but Liverpool's inability to exert control in midfield this season is utterly staggering. Penning in teams in and choking counters with physical intensity was their whole identity under Jurgen Klopp – what happened?
— David Lynch (@dmlynch) September 7, 2022
Thank god that's over! And thank god Napoli took their foot off the gas in the second half! Horrific by #LFC with Diaz only one to really emerge with some credit.
— Paul Grech (@paul_grech) September 7, 2022
Internal inquest must start immediately, that’s a really poor result on top of some already horrific performances. Questionable desire or just totally goosed? Or maybe a blend of the two. #NAPLIV
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) September 7, 2022
#LFC have conceded as many goals (3) & had as many shots on target (4) in the first half as they did in the 2018 & 2019 #UCL games at Napoli combined. The moral of the story is shutting up shop in tricky Euro aways instead of not protecting the back 4 is sometimes needed #NAPLIV
— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) September 7, 2022
FULL TIME THOUGHTS #NAPLIV
1) One of our worst in a long time
2) At least we saw a full ?? midfield at the end there
3) Some players need the dungeon treatment
4) Have to just wipe that game away and move on
5) Serious changes needed by Klopp to turn this around
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) September 7, 2022
It's the lack of desire, of aggression that is so worrying. Where the hell's this come from? They were 2 games – 2 goals – away from a quadruple 4 months ago.#LFC under Klopp all about intensity, fight. Never seen them this feeble in every dept before. Shocking. Embarrassing.
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) September 7, 2022
Remember the days we had a midfield that everyone said was dead static, couldn’t score but could outrun everyone ?
— Lizzi Doyle (@lizzidoyle) September 7, 2022
Thankfully only caught the last 30 mins of whatever that was, but some worrying themes emerging this season. The press & intensity, all gone. Players are absolutely goosed or not bothered.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) September 7, 2022
There is no way this is a blip. I knew we'd lose badly tonight. It's more than a blip, it's more than a malaise. It's the end of an era that ultimately is down to a chronic lack of investment in the squad. While everyone else improved, we stood still and this is the result.
— Sean (@shornKOOMINS) September 7, 2022
It’s all gone very stale.
The squad, the formation, the tactics, all of it.
It’s early enough in the season to salvage something, equally it’s early enough for it to get worse. I’m extremely worried it’ll be the latter.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) September 7, 2022
It’s been the perfect storm for Liverpool to start the season and it’s a case of needing to ride out the worst of it, but the question remains, how long will it take?
The night is one we all will want to quickly forget, but a reaction must be had against Wolves on Saturday – nothing less is acceptable.