Liverpool loss to Napoli ‘a tough cookie to take’

Jurgen Klopp has said he needs to “reinvent” his Liverpool team after they suffered a 4-1 smashing defeat of Napoli in their Champions League Group A opener on Wednesday.

When asked what was going on with his team, Klopp said: “Everything [wrong] is obvious but why it happened i can’t answer now, let me think about it. It’s a really tough cookie, but I have to take it.”

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Liverpool were outplayed in the first half and were lucky to fall just 3-0 down at the break and the German, who won the competition with Liverpool in 2019 and guided them to the final last season, said there was still a lot to fix.

“It looks a bit like we have to reinvent ourselves, there’s really a lot missing, not in all games, but now,” said Klopp. “The funny part is we have to do this in the middle of a Premier League season and a Champions League season.

“We need to find a setup to be a lot better at pretty much everything.”

This season, Liverpool have also lost to Manchester United in the Premier League and drawn against Fulham, Crystal Palace and Everton.

However, in the heat of southern Italy, Liverpool put in their worst performance of the season, lacking even basic defense and pressing in midfield.

“It’s really hard to take, it’s not that hard to explain once you’ve seen the game,” said Klopp. “OK, Napoli played a really good game first, we didn’t, that’s the first explanation for the defeat.

“They took a penalty and missed one, but we served the next two goals on a plate and we should defend better. We weren’t compact either defensively or offensively. To Thiago [Alcantara] came on the pitch, I can’t remember any counter-pressing situation, we were too wide.”

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Emma Bowman

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