4 talking points from Liverpool's power display vs. Napoli
- James Nalton from This is Anfield provides his conclusion following LFC's routing of Napoli
"Obviously comfortable on the ball, outfield players will happily involve him in the build-up play. A stark contrast to the nervousness seen in this area in the past.
"His first involvement was to ping a pass behind the Napoli defense for Mohamed Salah, and the position it put Liverpool in produced the first goal.
"He was called upon to do some goalkeeping when Napoli had their first shot on target late in the first half, which he turned behind for a corner.
Milner & Midfield Dynamics
"Liverpool have a number of options in midfield this season, thanks to the additions of Naby Keita and Fabinho during this transfer window.
"While the new duo may seem like shoo-ins for the starting XI, the pair which started alongside Keita here in Dublin made a good case for their inclusion on the opening day of the season—James Milner especially.
"His performance here suggested he’s ready to go. He scored the first, lurking on the edge of the area to tuck away Mane’s pull-back, and assisted the second with a cross to Wijnaldum.
FT: Liverpool 5-0 Napoli— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 4, 2018
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"With just a week to go before the first game, Jurgen Klopp will no doubt have an eye on his starting XI.
"The team which started in Dublin could very well be the one which starts at Anfield a week later, which means Joe Gomez will take his place alongside Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence.
"He came on at half-time to replace Firmino, and after receiving some animated instruction from Klopp, he took up the centre-forward position.
"He played it as Firmino does, dropping deep to link play, spraying passes long and short, and pressing intensely.
"It was his cross from the left which eventually resulted in Salah’s goal, and when the Egyptian was taken off, the new signing slotted in on the right.
"This versatility, plus his ideal fit for Klopp’s system, is what made the signing a no-brainer.
"It will mean he’ll feature regularly this season from the bench, or start games should one of the front three be unavailable or need a rest."
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