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Post match: Napoli 2-0 Liverpool (UCL 17/9/19 8pm)

Man of the match

  • Adrian

    Votes: 63 70.0%
  • Alexander-Arnold

    Votes: 1 1.1%
  • Matip

    Votes: 16 17.8%
  • Van Dijk

    Votes: 3 3.3%
  • Robertson

    Votes: 3 3.3%
  • Fabinho

    Votes: 50 55.6%
  • Henderson [on 87’]

    Votes: 10 11.1%
  • Milner [off 67’]

    Votes: 1 1.1%
  • Salah

    Votes: 4 4.4%
  • Firmino

    Votes: 4 4.4%
  • Mane

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Wijnaldum [on 67’]

    Votes: 1 1.1%
  • Shaqiri [on 87’]

    Votes: 1 1.1%

  • Total voters
    90
  • Poll closed .

Mascot88

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Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
 


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A dismal defeat in our opening game of the group is a bitterly disappointing result, especially as we had several chances to win it. There was some outstanding defending on display from both sides, as well as some woeful attacking and then we fell apart at the end.

Clear dive for the penalty but Robertson shouldn’t have stuck his leg out.

Still, I’d rather our front three had their collective bad day at the office here than at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Normal service will hopefully be resumed then, especially as Klopp is going to give the boys the Haartrockner treatment after this shambolic performance.

And let’s not forget that the last time we lost in a group stage game in Naples, we went on to win the Champions League.

At the end of the storm...
 



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Better performance but worse result than last time. Score line no way reflects that performance. On another day when we are more clinical, it would be a different story. Not our day though. Making it easy has never been the memo passed to our team. Fine by it, give us those aches if that's what it takes!
Performance wise, Adrian was superb in my book. The penalty was almost saved as well and distribution was good. Fabinho and Matip were pretty good as well and stood out. Robbo and Bobby I thought were not to their usual best. Tiredness perhaps, but the two we can't afford to rest.
 

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Not our night, as often against Italian teams in Italy. It could have been a draw, but all in all, looking at the chances on both sides, it's probably deserved for Napoli. We didn't create that much, and that's greatly down to Ancelotti's tactical astuteness. Still, Mané's missed pass to Salah was the game-changer with hindsight. Had we scored at this point, we'd have nicked it.

But as said, the result is probably ok if you look at the whole game. Time to look forward to Chelsea.

Edit: it was a pen in my humble opinion. There was definite contact, and the rest was a question of interpretation. Had anyone of us been a Napoli fan, we'd have been incensed if that hadn't been given.
 



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Soft Penalty that changed the game. The front three looks a little out of sync today perhaps a little fatigue from the match on the weekend.
It's only match day 1 and probably the hardest away game of this group stage. We just need to qualify for the knockout phase and that's when it matters.
 

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BT sports describing how it needs to be clear and obvious for VAR to overturn.

Maybe its just me, but when a player is diving before contact is made... I think that is clear and obvious.

Not surprised though, every single tackle their players looked to the referee. Horrible game, horrible pitch and a horrible opponent.
 

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There is an angle for the penalty decision where it’s absolutely clear that the lad is going down before he makes contact with Robbo’s leg.

I don’t mind the ref falling for that, cos it was convincing. But for VAR to wave it through is fucking pathetic, it really is.
 

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Thought we played well,
certainly didnt deserve to lose,

not the end of the world tho,
as our away results last year proved

Re: for the penalty decision, as Robbo would say himself

that pen decision was PISH....
 



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Unnassasary defeat but it could be a good wakeup call that it will take hard work and we can not play on 90%. Some players like Mané where sloppy IMO. Now on to more important things like the PL, lets beat the sh*t out of Chelsea on Sunday.
 

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What a strange game!! Looked like we were in total control and then two brain farts. Looked like a penalty until I watched the replay to be fair. VAR is just a waste of time!! VVD's first mistake in nearly two years. Bad result after a mediocre performance not the end of the world.
 



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A wonderful game to watch if I'm truly honest. Would definitely take that sort of game every match day as a spectator.

This place is going to turn into Blue Moon very soon so I'll just say, Robbo made a bad choice taking a bite at the ball when not necessary, then the ref inexplicably rewarded the dive. I guess VAR decided that it wasn't a clear and obvious error by the ref and so it wasn't overturned. It sucks because it was a great game to watch before that poor decision by the ref. Napoli did what I expected then to do, and it was a good tussle between two manager titans. I imagine there is much respect between the two but not much love.

Adrian.
 

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Unnassasary defeat but it could be a good wakeup call that it will take hard work and we can not play on 90%. Some players like Mané where slopy IMO. Now on to more important things like the PL, lets beat the sh*t out of Chelsea on Sunday.
I worry for Chelsea. My favourite team and all.
 

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BT sports describing how it needs to be clear and obvious for VAR to overturn.

Maybe its just me, but when a player is diving before contact is made... I think that is clear and obvious.
What it means is that if it’s a mistake that is understandable, they won’t overrule it. Which does beg the question what they will actually intervene in.
 

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1. Glad we don't have to play there again. A souless vacuum of a stadium and woeful pitch that makes quick play impossible. That was truly one of the least interesting vames I've seen in a long time and I put 80% of the blame on the pitch.

2. We were the better side up until the penalty. That should have been ruled out by VAR for a clear dive but the system is pointless. I think we mentally checked out after that goal and just wanted to leave (because of point number 1)

3. Napoli did everything they could to spoil the game. Tactical fouling, diving, surroumding the referee when their dives didn't get a free kick. Typical Italian tactics but it is frustrating.

4. They aren't that good. The home advantage they have on the pitch is significant and yet they were still outplayed for 75 minutes. Manolas looks really poor technically and Koulibaly, we know from last season, can be exposed with pace. We will absolutely batter them at Anfield - I can see a 5-0 coming.

5. As most people said before kick off - we didn't need a result today. The equation was always to win our home games and then see off Genk away and don't lose to Salzburg. That would be us top of the group.
 



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I think it was a penalty...certainly none of our players seemed to protest. I think we would have wanted that given.
 

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Not our night, as often against Italian teams in Italy. It could have been a draw, but all in all, looking at the chances on both sides, it's probably deserved for Napoli. We didn't create that much, and that's greatly down to Ancelotti's tactical astuteness. Still, Mané's missed pass to Salah was the game-changer with hindsight. Had we scored at this point, we'd have nicked it.

But as said, the result is probably ok if you look at the whole game. Time to look forward to Chelsea.

Edit: it was a pen in my humble opinion. There was definite contact, and the rest was a question of interpretation. Had anyone of us been a Napoli fan, we'd have been incensed if that hadn't been given.
Mané's worst game in a very long time. But what a run of consistency our hero has had.(y)