Champions League Summary (Group E) – Napoli and Salzburg make head start.
Liverpool falls to defeat
Liverpool were subjected to their first loss of the season as they lost 2nil to Napoli. The Italian side are unbeaten (2W, 1D) against Liverpool in European competitions whenever they play at the Stadio San Paolo (Napoli’s home ground), including a 1-nil win in the group stage of last season’s Uefa Champions league competition which Liverpool eventually won.
The game was end-to-end for most part of its duration and both teams went at each other with great tenacity.
Napoli had a goal ruled out for offside in the first – Liverpool came close to getting the opener too but it was Carlo Ancelotti’s side who had the first and last laugh.
Napoli won a penalty very late in the match courtesy of an Andy Robertson foul on José Callejón.
Dries Mertens slotted home from the spot to break the deadlock but Jurgen Kloop thinks it should never have been a penalty.
Jurgen Klopp after-match comments
“I’m pretty sure there are different views on that. When a player jumps before there is contact it is not a penalty,” Klopp said.
“I’m not the best loser but I’m not a bad loser. It was a decision made by human beings. As long as human beings make the decisions there is potential for failure. The referees and the VAR were all German, and they have experience with the VAR in Germany,” said Klopp.
“I’m sure they will find an explanation on why they did the right thing.”
A rare Virgil van Dijk error helped Llorente double the advantage in added time to compound Liverpool’s misery. Kloop insist his side didn’t perform badly.
“That was the game changer tonight and we have to accept the result,” he said. “We are really critical with ourselves but it was not a really, really bad performance.”
“I hope it’s not decisive,” Klopp said. “Give us at least a few more games to change the table.”
Carlo Ancelotti was full of praise for Liverpool despite his side’s triumph.
“It was very balanced match,” Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “They’re the best squad in Europe and they were again tonight, because they forced us to be extraordinary.”
Salzburg trash Genk!
Erling Haaland became only the third teenager to score a champions league hat-trick when he scored 3 goals in the first half of the champions league tie between Salzburg and Genk. The other two players to achieve this feat are Raul for Real Madrid and Wayne Rooney for Manchester United.
The 19-year old son of Leeds Utd legend Alf-Inge Haland is the eighth player to score a treble in their first UCL match. Scoring goals is not a new thing for the Norwegian teenager. He scored 9 goals in one game at the U-20 world cup and already has 14 goals in 8 matches for Salzburg. His goals helped Salzburg thump Genk 6-2 – if he continues in this vein of form, he will be a bigger star than his father.