Friendlies: Napoli thrash Liverpool

Napoli made a statement of intent for the upcoming season as they thrashed Champions League holders Liverpool 3-0 in Edinburgh.

Napoli trialled Jose Callejon in a new-look midfield double pivot but were without Kalidou Koulibaly, Fabian Ruiz and Allan, who were on extended summer breaks.

Liverpool, meanwhile, fielded a strong XI but could not call on goalkeeper Alisson or any of star-studded front three Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Napoli made a statement of intent for the upcoming season as they thrashed Champions League holders Liverpool 3-0 in Edinburgh.

Napoli trialled Jose Callejon in a new-look midfield double pivot but were without Kalidou Koulibaly, Fabian Ruiz and Allan, who were on extended summer breaks.

Liverpool, meanwhile, fielded a strong XI but could not call on goalkeeper Alisson or any of star-studded front three Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Captain Lorenzo Insigne said before the game that the Partenopei were using the friendly as a gauge for their preseason progress, and they came across faster and sharper than their opponents.

He gave his side the lead just 17 minutes in, darting down the left flank and slotting a finish past Simon Mignolet.

Not long after, Arkadiusz Milik got on the end of a low cross for 0-2 – again from the left.

The southerners were resoundingly beaten 5-0 by the Reds this time last year, but there was to be no repeat, neither did Jurgen Klopp’s side look like coming back.

Indeed, the win was wrapped up just seven minutes into the restart as Amin Younes was at the right place at the right time to knock in an Insigne rebound.

Liverpool 0-3 Napoli

Insigne 17, Milik 28, Younes 52

Liverpool first half: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Milner; Wijnaldum, Origi, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool second half: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Van den Berg, Hoever; Lallana, Duncan, Elliot; Wilson, Brewster, Lewis

Napoli first half: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Manolas, Mario Rui; Callejon, Zielinski; Verdi, Mertens, Insigne; Milik

Napoli second half: Meret; Hysaj, Chiriches, Luperto, Ghoulam; Callejon, Zielinski; Gaetano, Younes, Insigne; Milik

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