Liverpool lost 3-0 to Napoli at Murrayfield on Sunday evening in another preseason defeat which highlighted how much work still needs to be done ahead of their return to Premier League action in under two weeks time.
Goals from Lorenzo Insigne, Arkadiusz Milik and Amin Younes subjected The Reds to their third defeat of the summer.
Jurgen Klopp started Joel Matip in central defence alongside Virgil van Dijk, suggesting that the Liverpool manager will be keeping the same back four that played almost all of the second half of last season. The former Cameroon international was well off the pace, though, and will need to improve quickly if he is to keep Joe Gomez out of the team.
Liverpool’s defence looked seriously out of sync at times. As well as Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold had a tough time of it against Insigne and was caught out of position on a number of occasions.
Of course, Klopp still doesn’t have his first-choice front three to work with so, in their place, Liverpool’s makeshift forward line consisted of Gini Wijnaldum on the right, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left and Divock Origi through the middle.
Oxlade-Chamberlain looked isolated and completely out of sorts in the wide position. It’s no secret he prefers to play through the middle and, from what we saw of him before his injury in April 2018, it’s certainly his most effective role.
The main positives from the game were the performances of Fabinho, Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson. Those three were the most eager and committed in the Liverpool jersey today.
Other than that, it’s back to the drawing board for Klopp and he will be hoping for a much-needed confidence-boosting win against Lyon on Wednesday in Switzerland.