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Robbie Fowler and Rio Ferdinand slam Liverpool star for ‘missing need’ throughout ’embarrassing’ Napoli defeat

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Liverpool had been thumped by Napoli within the Champions League (Photos: Getty)

Robbie Fowler and Rio Ferdinand ripped into Liverpool as they suffered an ’embarrassing’ Champions League defeat to Napoli and accused Trent Alexander-Arnold of ‘missing need’.

Six-time winners Liverpool started their Champions League marketing campaign with a massively disappointing 4-1 defeat in Naples.

Serie A facet Napoli led 3-0 at half-time and whereas the Premier League giants improved after the break, the harm was already completed.

It may have been even worse for Liverpool as Napoli had a penalty saved within the first half by Alisson and likewise hit the put up, however this was nonetheless Liverpool’s joint greatest Champions League defeat.

Former Anfield striker Fowler mentioned on BT Sport: ‘What I might say is you may’t query the need of this crew over the previous few years, however you may tonight.

‘We all know how good Napoli are they usually’ve been good, however Liverpool have been so poor.

‘Joe Gomez will get all of the stick [for his first-half performance] however have a look at the dearth of need from Trent.

Napoli secured a memorable win in opposition to Liverpool (Image: Getty)

‘You may’t name out him going ahead however defensively we will choose him aside as a result of he doesn’t present the identical need to get again than he does to get ahead and that’s mistaken.

‘Liverpool had been stunning defensively.’

Ex-Manchester United defender Ferdinand added: ‘It was an embarrassing first 45 minutes for Liverpool, significantly defensively.

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‘What you may’t settle for as a supervisor or as a participant is a scarcity of effort and need. When folks don’t run or don’t have the need to get again.

‘Gomez makes the error however you’ve obtained to get again and assist your team-mates and Trent didn’t do this.

‘Liverpool obtained teased, they obtained embarrassed, they obtained proven up. This end result has been coming too. They had been lacklustre and lacked grit, willpower and need.’

Jurgen Klopp’s facet might want to enhance quick if they’ve aspirations of reaching the Champions League knockout levels, with Ajax and Rangers additionally in Group A.

“We’ve been overwhelmed 4-1, we deserved it”

Andy Robertson offers a brutally sincere account of Liverpool’s efficiency in opposition to Napoli…💭#UCL | @TheDesKelly pic.twitter.com/G0hU6PBR1p

— Soccer on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 7, 2022

The Reds have additionally struggled domestically this season, profitable simply two of their first six league video games to take a seat seventh within the Premier League.

A deflated Andy Robertson mentioned after the Napoli defeat: ‘We had been miles too open. You may’t come to a spot like this and never be compact.

‘They had been the higher crew by miles. We now have to get again to fundamentals. It felt like they’d an additional man and that’s not like us.’


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