Liverpool vs Napoli: Lovren scores and forces Serie A side to draw

Liverpool vs Napoli: Lovren scores and forces Serie A side to draw

- The Liverpool vs Napoli Champions League clash ended in a stalemate

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

- 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 stages

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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 17 September.

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 posts.

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.

Liverpool vs Napoli: Lovren scores and forces Serie A side to draw

Liverpool vs Napoli: Lovren scores and forces Serie A side to draw
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Although Jurgen Klopp's men tried levelling up before half time, all their efforts failed to find the target before the referee signalled the end of the half.

Both teams returned to the pitch as they resumed hostilities for the remainder of the game.

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.

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

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.

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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.

They battle Red Bull Salzburg in their last group meeting next month and it will be an away game.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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