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Napoli thrash Liverpool in pre-season friendly

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Napoli extended Liverpool’s winless run to four games after thrashing the 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, were without the services of goalkeeper Alisson or any of star-studded front three Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

According to Football Italia, Captain Lorenzo Insigne claimed the Partenopei were using the friendly as a gauge for their preseason progress.

He notched in the opener just 17 minutes in, darting down the left flank and slotting a finish past Simon Mignolet.

Shortly afterwards, Arkadiusz Milik got on the end of a low cross for 0-2 – again from the left.

It was an act of sweet revenge for the Napoli side who crashed out of the Champions League last season via a solitary strike from Salah at Anfield.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY 28: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool (R) is challenged by Lorenzo Insigne of SSC Napoli during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Murrayfield on July 28, 2019, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Napoli’s men 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.