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Rio Ferdinand dismisses Liverpool defeat to Napoli as solely down to penalty decision

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Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens scored ’s opening purpose towards Liverpool (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool haven’t any cause to panic after dropping 2-0 to Napoli on Tuesday night time, with the end result nearly solely down to a ‘soft penalty’ decision.

A decent sport in Naples noticed the impasse damaged within the 82nd minute when Andrew Robertson conceded a penalty for a foul on Jose Cellejon.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has since accused Callejon of diving to win the spot-kick, however Dries Mertens put the prospect away, earlier than Fernando Llorente doubled Napoli’s lead in damage time.

It is the second time in two seasons that Liverpool have misplaced away at Napoli within the group stage, after Lorenzo Insigne gave the Italians a 1-Zero win final 12 months.

Thanks to their strong efficiency and the actual fact they’ve skilled this earlier than, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand doesn’t imagine there may be something for Liverpool to fear about after this loss.

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‘They’ve been right here earlier than, misplaced video games away from house within the final season and went on to win the cup so I don’t assume they’ll be panicked,’ Ferdinand advised BT Sport.

‘They knew it was going to be a tricky sport towards a really skilled supervisor in [Carlo] Ancelotti and a few skilled gamers.

‘I don’t assume they didn’t carry out or not play nicely. They gave away a gentle penalty after which at this stage you don’t actually get a possibility to get again into it towards good groups.’

Liverpool appeared to be in little bother of dropping the sport when Napoli took the lead, a sentiment the house supervisor agreed with.

Carlo Ancelotti mentioned after the match: ‘Just when it seemed that all was lost and Liverpool had taken complete control of the game, the two goals came from curious and unusual circumstances.’

Following Robertson bringing down Callejon for the penalty, a mistake from Virgil van Dijk laid on the prospect for Llorente to double Napoli’s lead.

A uncommon mistake from the Dutchman was the second of the ‘curious’ circumstances Ancelotti was referring to, though he did imagine the penalty was rightly awarded.

‘It was fairly clear from where I was in the dugout but I don’t need to be drawn into an argument over that,’ mentioned the Italian.

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