Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Diaz Gets 7.5, Gomez With 4 | Liverpool Players Rated In Humiliating Defeat Vs Napoli

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Liverpool faced off against Napoli at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to earn a good result on the road in the UEFA Champions League group stages. The Reds made a horror start to the game as they conceded a penalty in the fifth minute which Piotr Zielinski scored to put Napoli 1-0 up on the night. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa doubled the home side’s advantage in the 31st minute with a good run and finish. Giovanni Simeone found the back of the net just before the break as the Merseyside club trailed 4-0 at half-time.

Jurgen Klopp’s men made a sloppy start to the second half and conceded their four goal in the 47th minute when Zielinski got his name on the scoresheet yet again. Luis Diaz scored a good consolation goal soon after but Liverpool crashed to a humiliating 4-1 defeat away from home.

Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player performed during the match against Napoli.

GK: Alisson Becker – 6/10

The Brazilian keeper failed to stop Zielinski’s penalty but did well to save Victor Osimhen’s one soon after. He let in four goals tonight which will be quite disappointing.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10

The English right-back delivered some inviting crosses into the Napoli penalty box but showed no desire to defend when his teammates were in trouble inside his half.

CB: Joe Gomez – 4/10

He committed a handful of poor mistakes at the back which ended up costing Liverpool the result.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 4.5/10

The Dutch centre-back has not been playing well this season and it showed in his performance tonight. He gave away a cheap penalty and was too slow to close down the Napoli defenders.


LB: Andrew Robertson – 5/10

The Scottish talent tried to get forward at every chance he got but lacked quality in the final third. He was even quite poor defensively.

CM: Harvey Elliott – 5/10

Elliott’s inexperience showed on the field. He struggled to gain any control of the midfield battle and was fortunate to last 76 minutes.

CM: Fabinho – 6/10

He struggled to cope with the pace of the Napoli counter-attacks in the first half. Fabinho was slightly better in the second.

CM: James Milner – 4.5/10

The English veteran looked way past his prime. He failed to organise his teammates and gave away too many needless fouls.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 5/10

The Egypt international lacked quality on the ball and hardly got a sniff at goal.

ST: Roberto Firmino – 6/10

He linked up play well at times but was mostly quiet during his time on the field.

LW: Luis Diaz – 7.5/10

Diaz was quiet in the first half but showed real hunger when his team were trailing 4-0. He scored a superb individual goal but it was just not enough tonight.


CB: Joel Matip – 7/10

He fared far better than Gomez and gave Liverpool some control in the game.

ST: Darwin Nunez – 6/10

His impact on the game was minimal.

CM: Thiago Alcantara – 7/10

The Spaniard ran the show for Liverpool at the centre of the park after coming off the bench.

RW: Diogo Jota – 6/10

He struggled to threaten the Napoli goal.

CM: Arthur Melo – 6/10

Arthur kept the ball moving really well.

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