Liverpool were forced to settle for a point at home to Napoli on Wednesday evening, meaning that they have still not guaranteed their place in the last 16 heading into the final game of the group. The side struggled to click into gear for much of the game, with Napoli earning a deserved 1-1 draw.
There were signs early on that this might not be the Reds’ night. While Liverpool’s front three often grab the headlines, one of their best performers this season has been Fabinho, therefore, it was no surprise that there was concern on social media when he was withdrawn inside the opening 20 minutes with an apparent ankle injury.
That’s a blow. Fabinho off injured and heads straight down the tunnel. Banned for the weekend anyway. Klopp will be desperate to have him back for next week’s Merseyside derby #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) November 27, 2019
Fabinho one of, if not the most important player in this Liverpool side right now. No point risking further damage by continuing – hopefully it’s nothing too serious.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) November 27, 2019
We started really well but everything since Fabinho got hurt has been trash.
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) November 27, 2019
Despite their hugely impressive start to the season, Liverpool have found clean sheets hard to come by during the 2019/20 campaign, particularly at home. In fact their run of 11 games without a clean sheet is the worst for the club since 1998…
It has been difficult to pick holes in the current league leaders in recent months, but their inability to keep out opposition attacks may be starting to become a slight concern for Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool’s problems today have been emblematic of the issues they’ve had all season. They possess the ball with ease but rarely apply pressure. Small, inexcusable defensive lapses are costing them clean sheets. But the wins are piling up so the questions go unasked.
— Matt Stephen (@matthewistephen) November 27, 2019
I preferred the Liverpool that kept clean sheets.
— Anthony Long (@AnthonySLong) November 27, 2019
Yet while their defence may have a few questions to answer for Napoli’s goal, it was one of the back four that got them back into the game. Dejan Lovren produced a fine second half display, capping it off with a powerful header to get Liverpool back on level terms.
The veteran centre back was widely praised online for his contribution to Liverpool’s comeback, as the side showed their character once more here.
Cracking header from Lovren and @lfc are back on level terms. They don’t lose at Anfield.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 27, 2019
I’m not Carlo Ancelotti but, whilst not bothering to mark Dejan Lovren from a corner is undoubtedly very funny, it’s also a bit stupid
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) November 27, 2019
He gets criticism but Dejan Lovren has really stepped up since Matip’s injury.
Been consistently solid and rescues us a point tonight.
He was fourth choice centre-back but hasn’t moaned and really played his part.
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) November 27, 2019
Liverpool remain top of the group, one point clear of Napoli and two ahead of RB Salzburg ahead of matchday six; a week during which face off against the Salzburg in Austr