Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes Jurgen Klopp made a mistake by not beginning Trent Alexander-Arnold against Napoli.
The Reds suffered a setback of their bid to succeed in the Champions League last-16 as they had been held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Wednesday evening, however Klopp’s aspect nonetheless lead Group E heading into their ultimate match away at Salzburg.
Dries Mertens capitalised on some poor defending from Liverpool to interrupt the impasse halfway by means of the primary half earlier than Dejan Lovren rose excessive to move house an equaliser within the 65th minute.
Klopp caught many Liverpool followers unexpectedly by naming Alexander-Arnold on the bench, with Joe Gomez beginning on the proper aspect of a four-man defence.
Alexander-Arnold was launched within the 78th minute, however Owen felt the teenager wanted to start as Liverpool badly missed the teenager’s vitality and crossing capacity on the proper flank throughout their lacklustre show.
‘I was surprised that Trent Alexander-Arnold didn’t start, I need to say,’ Owen stated on BT Sport.
‘He simply provides them a lot width and attacking crosses.
‘Some of the crosses had been fairly hopeful. They had been nearly chipping the ball in and Napoli performed with nearly 5 on the again and it was simply good – Koulibaly was heading every part out.
‘So I just thought Liverpool played slightly into Napoli’s palms. They didn’t actually create too many possibilities.
‘I thought Liverpool were brilliant in the last five minutes of the first half but apart from that they didn’t actually play with their regular attacking efficiency.’
Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool are nonetheless in a ‘decent’ place within the group regardless of solely managing a draw against a ‘difficult’ Napoli aspect.
‘We’d have preferred to have received tonight to complete the job off,’ the Liverpool captain stated.
‘Napoli made it difficult. We’re nonetheless in a good place.
‘They’re a superb group with good gamers. There had been occasions after we performed great things. We had been looking for the second however couldn’t discover it.
‘In the second half I thought there was only one team who was going to win. There was a question of a foul – you probably know better than me.’