Liverpool vs Napoli: Lovren scores as Reds force Serie A side to 1-1 draw

Liverpool vs Napoli: Lovren scores as Reds force Serie A side to 1-1 draw

- Liverpool vs Napoli Champions League clash ended in a stalemate

- Dries Mertens scored for the Italian League giants in the first half

- While Dejan Lovren's second-half header rescued a point for the Premier League giants

- Both teams must win their last group games to secure their place in the round of 16 stage

Dejan Lovren's header in the second half was all defending champions Liverpool needed to avoid their second Champions League group game defeat this campaign.

It would be recalled that the Premier League giants kicked off their title defence with a 2-0 defeat against Napoli on September 17.

The Serie A side was, however, hoping to complete a double on the Reds in England on Wednesday evening with Dries Mertens putting the visitors ahead just 21 minutes into the encounter.

Alisson Becker was unable to stop the 32-year-old from scoring after powering a low but thunderous shot from close range into the far left corner of the post.

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The Belgian ran into space to connect with Giovanni Di Lorenzo's pass to ensure they took a one-goal advantage into the second half.

Although Jurgen Klopp's men tried leveling up before half time, all their efforts failed to find target before the referee signaled the end of the half.

Both teams returned to the pitch as they resumed hostilities for the remainder of the game and their early efforts to outscore either said failed.

However, the Reds found their way back into the game in the 65th minute with Dejan Lovren rescuing a point for the hosts after nodding the ball past the visitors' goalkeeper.

He outran Napoli defenders to find space for himself in the opponent's danger zone before finally heading the ball into the top corner of the net.

And after regulation period, both teams shared the spoils but Liverpool remain at the top of the table with ten points after five group meetings.

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Meanwhile, the Reds were forced to make an early substitution in the 19th minute after Georginio Wijnaldum was introduced into the game as a replacement for Fabinho.

Despite topping the table with ten points, the Premier League side need at least a point to secure their spot in the next round of the competition.

As they battle Red Bull Salzburg in their last group meeting next month and it will be away from home. earlier reported that Roberto Firmino's late minute goal helped Liverpool overcome stubborn Crystal Palace in tough Premier League encounter last weekend.

The victory further consolidated the Reds leadership on the English topflight table after 13 matches.

Sadio Mane opened scoring for the Merseyside outfit but Wilfried Zaha stunner canceled out the Senegalese early goal.

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