It was a dogged display by Jürgen Klopp’s side last night. Liverpool were defeated 2-0 by Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. In a defeat that saw a clear Liverpool penalty not given and a phantom Napoli penalty awarded instead, the Reds’ squad depth was exposed. The Anfield side are at the start of an extremely congested fixture list. Klopp’s men played last Saturday against Newcastle United and play again at Chelsea on Sunday. There is a lot of minutes coming up for the German’s team, he will have to rotate or risk running key players into the ground.
In the build up to the game, Andy Robertson was a massive doubt. The Scottish captain was touch and go until the hours before the game. Robertson’s lack of fitness really showed throughout the match. The wing back was not making his trademark swashbuckling runs into the opposition third with any regularity. Liverpool rely heavily on stretching the game with their high full backs, opening up space for the creative players in the middle, also providing inch perfect crosses when they have the ball at their feet.
Andy Robbo needs a deputy to step up when he isn’t 100%, the Reds were crying out for the width his overlaps provide. Trent Alexander-Arnold also looked tired having played 3 times in the last 7 days, appearing against Kosovo and Newcastle United before making the journey to Naples. Liverpool’s front 3 passed up opportunities that we usually see them bury with impunity, they looked mentally fatigued.
Liverpool need depth in order to feel comfortable resting these key players when we have two big games in a week. The Reds have left Naples with no points and a lot of tired legs ahead of the Chelsea game.