Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: Hits and flops | UEFA Champions League 2018-19
In what was a do-or-die encounter for both sides as far as advancement to the last-16 stage of the Champions League was concerned, Liverpool held on to a narrow win against Napoli, despite failing to rise up to their usual levels of footballing prowess.
The match not only helped the English side climb to second place in the group behind French champions PSG, but it also proved that they are still up for a challenge even when a few of their key performers do not rise up to expectations.
Mohamed Salah scored in the 36th minute to provide Liverpool a 1-0 lead needed for them to get to the last-16. The finishing touches were however applied when their star shot-stopper, Alisson Becker, produced a spectacular moment by saving a near-impossible chance off Arkadiusz Milik in the 2nd minute of injury time, at the tail end of the 2nd half.
Lets look at the best and worst performers from the contest.
#1 Hit: Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB, Liverpool)
Liverpool's brightest young prospect turned in yet another display that proved a case in point as to why he is one of Jurgen Klopp's most preferred names on the team sheet. Alexander-Arnold led most of Liverpool's attacks through the right flank, and made 6 key passes during the game.
He was also at his defensive best, fulfilling his primary role by means of sweetly timed tackles and interceptions.
In the 23rd minute, Liverpool had an opportunity to lead as Trent fired a beautiful delivery which found Sadio Mane, who in turn successfully converted it few yards away from goal. But the goal was disallowed as Mane was in an offside position.
The England youngster continued to shine, and even brought the attention of Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina upon himself when he fired a shot that deflected off Firmino and towards goal, forcing a quick save from the loanee keeper from Arsenal.