Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool had been stable on the again in opposition to a ‘talented’ Napoli facet till Andy Robertson’s ‘lazy’ problem turned the Champions League conflict with eight minutes remaining on the San Paolo.
The Group E encounter seemed to be heading for a goalless draw – with Adrian making a collection of excellent saves to deny Carlo Ancelotti’s males in Naples – earlier than Robertson was judged to have fouled Jose Callejon contained in the field in the 82nd minute.
Dries Mertens transformed the following spot-kick and substitute Fernando Llorente piled but extra distress on Liverpool in harm time, capitalising on a uncommon mistake from Virgil van Dijk to double Napoli’s lead.
In the wake of Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat, Klopp accused Callejon of diving to win Napoli’s essential penalty and Lawrenson was additionally ‘far from convinced’ by referee Felix Brych’s choice.
However, the previous Liverpool defender claimed Robertson’s clumsy deal with gave the officers the possibility to kill the tie in the dying moments.
‘A 0-0 draw would have been a good result for Liverpool, and they were less than 10 minutes away from getting it – until things unraveled at the back,’ Lawrenson mentioned in his BBC Sport column.
‘I am far from convinced it was a penalty for Napoli’s first purpose – the primary time I noticed it, I believed it was the right choice, however the extra I see it the much less I agree it ought to have been given.
‘But it was still a lazy challenge by Andy Robertson on Jose Callejon, which gave the referee the opportunity to award a spot-kick in the first place.’
Lawrenson added: ‘When Napoli scored their second purpose in harm time, it killed the sport utterly, and Virgil van Dijk was clearly accountable for that.
‘To concede from a mistake like that when they’re in possession on the again could be very in contrast to Liverpool typically, and Van Dijk particularly.
‘So two late errors cost Klopp’s facet, however I don’t truly suppose that they had been too dangerous on the again till that time.
‘They had been taking part in in opposition to a gifted Napoli crew with a lot of attacking intent, who compelled Adrian into making some good saves – significantly his flying cease from Dries Mertens simply after half-time.
‘But it is not as if Liverpool struggled defensively for 90 minutes, and when Klopp analyses it, I am pretty sure he will think the biggest problem on the night was at the other end of the pitch.’
Klopp was satisfied that Callejon had conned the referee to win Napoli’s penalty.
‘We conceded a penalty that doesn’t assist, I noticed it now and I don’t suppose it was a penalty and I don’t know, it’s tough,’ the German advised BT Sport.
‘For me it’s clear and apparent it’s not a penalty, as a result of Callejon jumped earlier than there was any contact, however we can’t change that.’
In his post-match press convention, Klopp added: ‘I’m fairly positive there are completely different views on the scenario.
‘But when a player jumps before there is contact, then it cannot be a penalty.’