Liverpool 1-0 Napoli: Hits and flops | UEFA Champions League 2018-19
#1 Flop: Dries Mertens (LF, Napoli)
Much had been talked about the Belgian striker who is one of the most technically sound goalscorers in world football. At his best, Mertens has helped the side from Naples script memorable victories in both the Serie A as well as in European ties. But yesterday was not one of those nights for Mertens, as he could not come anywhere close to justifying his footballing persona.
Mertens featured for 67 minutes on the pitch, during which he was able to muster a lone shot at goal. His game was rife with a few unskilled touches which resulted in the loss of ball possession. He was also unable to team up well enough with his partner down the right, Lorenzo Insigne.
Perhaps his poor game could be highlighted further by the fact that center-back Raul Albiol and left-midfielder Fabian Ruiz had more shots than him. Carlo Ancelotti eventually took him off in the 67th minute, with Arkadiusz Milik replacing him.Published 12 Dec 2018, 12:44 IST