Liverpool news: Manager Jurgen Klopp has labelled their performance in defeat to Napoli in the Champions League as a ‘real horror show’.
The Reds succumbed to a heavy 4-1 defeat to Napoli in their Champions League 2022/23 season opener. Liverpool went behind to Piotr Zielinski five minutes into the game and things only got worse for the English side from there.
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa then sent Napoli two goals up just after the hour mark, finding the back of the net in the 31st minute. Giovanni Simeone made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time, scoring in the 44th minute of the match.
Liverpool were down by four goals when Zielinski scored his second of the match two minutes after the game restarted following the half-time break. Luis Diaz pulled one back for Liverpool in the 49th minute, but that was just it.
Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp describes performance against Napoli a ‘real horror show’
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s next game in the Champions League group stage, against Ajax, Klopp reflected on his team’s performance against Napoli.
Klopp labelled their performance against Napoli as a ‘real horror show’. He also claimed that was their worst performance since becoming their manager.
“We had a meeting with the players. I watched the game back plenty of times and it was a real horror show, to be honest. The boys knew, but then seeing it again made it really obvious; it was the worst game we played since I am here, and we played a few bad games,” Klopp said.
Klopp also said eight of the players in the starting XI were below par against Napoli, while the other three were just ‘normal’ and not at their top level.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have had a mixed start to the 22/23 season. Liverpool began their 22/23 campaign by defeating Manchester City 3-1 in the FA Community Shield final.
The Merseyside outfit sits seventh in the Premier League points table, with 9 points from their first six matches.
Liverpool have won just two games in the Premier League so far this season and have lost one match while sharing points in the other three.
Liverpool resumes their Champions League campaign next, by taking on Ajax in a home fixture. Klopp’s side currently languishes fourth in the Champions League Group A. Ajax top the table with three points, having secured a 4-0 win in their first game.