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Liverpool fall to two late Napoli goals in poor start to Champions League defence

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Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens opened the scoring from the penalty spot (Picture: by way of Getty Images)

beat Liverpool at house in the Champions League for the second successive season as Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente secured a 2-Zero win for the house facet.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli facet beat the Reds 1-0 in the group stage on the San Paolo final yr and went one higher this time round.

Mertens opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute after the Serie A facet’s captain, Jose Callejon, lower into the penalty space from the suitable flank and was introduced down by the outstretched left leg of Andy Robertson to see the referee blow his whistle.

Replays had been inconclusive, with some suggesting the Spaniard had dived, however VAR did nothing to overturn the choice.

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Substitute, and former Tottenham striker, Llorente then killed the sport off as he capitalised on a mistake on the again from Virgil van Dijk to slot it previous Reds goalkeeper Adrian from shut vary in damage time.

It was the Spanish striker’s first objective for Napoli as he pounced on a free ball which bobbled away from Van Dijk and Mertens to sweep house.

There had been possibilities for each groups earlier in the competition, with Adrian making a spectacular save from a Dries Mertens volley early in the second half.

Sadio Mane fluffed his traces in arguably Liverpool’s finest likelihood of the match when he broke with Mohamed Salah in a two-on-one affair.

Mane merely had to slide in Salah on the sting of the field however woefully over-hit his go, sending Salah far too broad and killing the prospect.

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Adrian made a spectacular save from Dries Mertens
Adrian made a spectacular save from Dries Mertens in the second half (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

There was a mistake from Kostas Manolas on 65 minutes which let Salah in down the left of the field, he hit it early and produced a powerful diving save from Alex Meret.

Mane had one other good likelihood with 20 minutes to go as he had a yard of house in the field however his poked end was comfortably saved by Meret.

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There was little to select between the groups over the 90 minutes, but it surely was the Italian facet take the three factors in the opening recreation of Group E.

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