Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lost 2-0 to Serie A powerhouses Napoli in the first game of the new Champions League season.
Jamie Carragher found reasons to be positive after Liverpool’s Champions League defeat to Napoli on Tuesday, taking to Twitter to hail a brilliant second-half save from Adrian while singling out the midfield duo of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were crowned Kings of Europe just four months ago in Madrid but they suffered a chastening defeat in their first game since that 2-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the Spanish capital.
There was very little to settle Liverpool and Napoli until Dries Mertens converted a controversial penalty after Jose Callejon took a tumble under pressure from Andy Robertson. And, thanks to the most uncharacteristic of errors from Virgil van Dijk, a grateful Fernando Llorente added gloss to an eye-catching win for the Serie A giants at a raucous if half-full Stadio San Paolo late on.
But, while Liverpool fans might be worried about the way their side crumpled in the final stages in Naples, Carragher was keen to point out the plus points, including a truly exceptional reflex save from Adrian to deny Mertens from point-blank range when the score was still 0-0.
Nothing between both teams before the penalty, it was harsh but one you’d be wanting at the other end. Fabinho & Henderson excellent & the Adrian save unbelievable! Toughest game out the way & LFC didn’t do to bad after losing here last season @ChampionsLeague #NAPLIV pic.twitter.com/4Qo5ELSwin— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 17, 2019
Henderson was typically energetic in the centre of the park while Fabinho refused to let Carlo Ancelotti’s side settle into their rhythm, making six tackles and completing 95 per cent of his passes.