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Liverpool vs Napoli: 3 Talking Points as Italian giants down Reds 3-0

  • Three talking points as Liverpool fell to a 3-0 defeat against Napoli in the second half.
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Modified 29 Jul 2019, 00:32 IST

#2 Liverpool's defensive frailties exposed once again

The Reds were uncharacteristically sub-par defensively
The Reds were uncharacteristically sub-par defensively

On their way to winning the European Cup and a record-breaking tally of 97 points in the league, Liverpool had the best defensive record in Europe's top-five leagues but in pre-season, it's been a different story altogether,

The Liverpool rear-guard has been uncharacteristically sub-par in recent games and questions have been raised about the performances of Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

While the pair's quality has never come under scrutiny, they have been guilty of switching off in crucial moments and not being alert enough in situations.

Jurgen Klopp has often downplayed the importance of results when it comes to pre-season but the Reds boss will be vary of the fact that his backline has been leaking in goals at an unhealthy rate and eager to stop the rot.

Liverpool travel to Evian in France for their final pre-season outing against Lyon and the reigning European Champions will be eager to put their defensive woes behind them as they approach the new season.


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Published 29 Jul 2019, 00:32 IST
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