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Wijnaldum: Napoli defeat a reality check

Liverpool tasted defeat in the Champions League for the first time this season with a last minute Lozenzo Insigne strike securing a 1-0 victory and sending the Italian side to the top of group C after two games.

 

The defeat stretched the winless run for the Reds to three games across all competitions and it doesn't get any easier with Premier League Champions Man City coming to town for an eagerly awaited heavyweight showdown on Sunday afternoon.

 

Reflecting on the loss, midfielder Gini Wijnaldum told the official website that the loss was a deserved result.

 

"You’re always disappointed when you lose a game. We didn’t play well and they deserved to win. 

 

"They had a good chance before the goal.

 

“They were calmer than us on the ball, they defended well and stopped us creating chances. It was not a good day for us. They deserved to win.

 

"It’s a good game to learn from. That’s what we’re going to do – we’re going to analyse the game and see what we can do better.”

 

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Incredibly for a Liverpool side with so many attacking weapons, they failed to register a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes and only had four attempts in total.

 

The Netherlands international continued his analysis on the result.

 

"We know what we can bring, we still have confidence. 

 

"But this was a reality check on how things must not go. 

 

“They did well; they were calm and played the ball around and waited for the moments. That’s why they were so good.

 

"We have done it better this season, so we can do it – but we have to do it every game. 

 

"That’s why we’re all so disappointed because we expect more and to bring more. It didn’t happen but we still have four games to go.

 

"It’s a good lesson for us to get better. We have to take it as a lesson and then we have to carry on.”

 

While it is a result that will sting, this is the beauty of playing in a top-level competition like the Champions League.

 

You are not going to stroll through the group stages, especially one as difficult as what Liverpool have.

 

You are also going to come up against top-level managers like Carlo Ancelotti who despite his advancing age, still showed he is in the elite bracket.

 

Every point is extremely precious -with the last minute winning goal by Roberto Firmino against PSG being a prime example.

 

The squad now has a few days to regroup and recover ahead of the big clash on Sunday.


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How many of our players were involved in the World Cup? We're in another intense season on top of the last one with a world cup in between (we had a great run in the Champions league as well, to the final)

Could fitness be an issue? Klopp hasn't been rotating much.

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