The old fox, as Carlo Ancelotti was once described by Jürgen Klopp, has pestered Liverpool once again. His Napoli team arrived at Anfield in the midst of a footballing civil war but fought tirelessly to deny the European champions safe passage to the knockout stage of the Champions League. There can be no stroll in Salzburg for Liverpool as a consequence.
Europe holds few surprises any more for Klopp, who was taking charge of his 100th game in Uefa competition, and his latest encounter with Napoli brought all-too familiar problems for Liverpool. They were punished by the clinical Dries Mertens and kept comfortably at bay when their performance and their pressure belatedly improved. Dejan Lovren’s second-half equaliser left Anfield anticipating another stirring comeback but it was not to be.