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Napoli coach Ancelotti delighted tactics succeeded for Liverpool win

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Carlo Ancelotti said he was happy to wait until the 90th minute for his Napoli side to find the victor in a Champions League victory over Liverpool on Wednesday - because it gave him less time to worry.

Liverpool's best effort came via Mohamed Salah, who shot wide after the break, but Jurgen Klopp's side failed to record a single effort on target in Italy.

"No attempts on target, I don't remember when that happened last time", said Klopp.

Klopp accepts a draw would have been more than they deserved and feels the formation Liverpool used was a mistake.

Klopp's side offered minimal attacking threat in the second half either, but Napoli did begin to up the tempo and Alisson was forced into two saves in quick succession shortly after the restart when he denied long-range strikes from Milik and then Fabian Ruiz.

"It's always a bad sign if you have to say your goalkeeper was your best player, but that was obvious tonight", said Klopp. We had to fight really hard.

"In the 89th minute we make another tactical mistake, we didn't close the gap between Joe (Gomez) and Virg (Virgil van Dijk), and then we can not react anymore". Last season's finalists also lost Naby Keïta to a back injury in the 19th minute.


Liverpool will now look to bounce back in their mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, while Napoli host Sassuolo this weekend.

"And you have seen it has been absolutely intense since the last global break with the games we've had - twice Chelsea and stuff like that, coming to Napoli, playing PSG and now we have the game on Sunday against Man City".

"We have three days to recover and then we will face Man City".

"We have done it better this season, so we can do it - but we have to do it every game".

"It would've been hard any way at any time of the season - it is always hard". Now, let's have a look afterwards, how the players are, what happened in the game, injury-wise, little knocks and stuff like that.

"Then we have our crowd in the back".

"But on Sunday that - at least - will be 100 per cent different".

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