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Liverpool fans react to James Milner’s performance in 2-0 away defeat against Napoli

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Liverpool fans react to James Milner’s performance in 2-0 away defeat against Napoli

The experienced Englishman started in central midfield last night.

Liverpool started their defence of the Champions League with a 2-0 away defeat against Italian outfit Napoli last night.

A soft penalty won by Jose Callejon and converted by Dries Mertens put the hosts 1-0 up late on before former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente sealed the victory in the last minute.

That goal came after a rare but poor mistake from Virgil van Dijk, as Liverpool lost away against Napoli for the second straight Champions League campaign.

Of course, last season, the Reds recovered from three away defeats in last season’s group stage to lift the trophy but the same criticisms that were made then are also being made now.

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Much of the criticism centres around a lack of creativity in central midfield, which is where the selection and subsequent performance of James Milner was panned on Twitter.

But Liverpool are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and managed to get through the group last season with the squad they have, so perhaps there’s an element of an overreaction.

It remains to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp can inspire the kind of improvement he could not get on the road in the group stage last season this time around.

In the meantime, £140,000-a-week (Spotrac) Milner is taking a slating online this morning, which is perhaps slightly harsh on a player who has been a great servant to the club down the years.

 

 

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