Liverpool could be without midfielder for Manchester City game after health scare

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Liverpool were deservedly defeated by Napoli at Stadio San Paolo, as Lorenzo Insigne saw the visitors make the most of their superiority late on.

Naby Keïta was taken to hospital after being carried off the field on a stretcher suffering from severe pain in his back during the first half of Liverpool's 1-0 Champions League defeat. "Then the timing for our defensive movements were not good enough, we didn't close the spaces in the right moment, we didn't react in the right situation and so they could play through our formation". They had a good game, we didn't, that's what they deserved the three points.

The hosts had the better chances throughout as Insigne, Jose Callejon, Fabian Ruiz and Arkadiusz Milik all threatened under-pressure Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

"Back problem, that's what I heard", Klopp said.

"Now, let's have a look afterwards, how the players are, what happened in the game, injury-wise, little knocks and stuff like that".

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But Guardiola insisted he expected Hoffenheim , Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk to cause them problems. Guardiola met Hoffenheim six times whilst manager of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

The Liverpool manager was also in the dark over the reasons for his team's uncharacteristic performance in the Champions League, which left them level on points with Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.

It was proving to be an arduous night for both sides, though, and Liverpool's best attacking moment of the opening 45 minutes saw Georginio Wijnaldum drag a tame effort comfortably wide from range shortly before the half-hour mark. I don't remember when that happened last. Last season's finalists also lost Naby Keïta to a back injury in the 19th minute. We had to fight really hard.

There is no indication yet whether the injury will rule him out of Sunday's top-of-the-table clash at home to Manchester City.

Ancelotti made a surprising tactical selection ahead of kick-off by bringing in defender Nikola Maksimovic for just his 20th Napoli appearance in more than two years, as the Serie A side used a system that alternated between a three and four-man defence. That's what we're going to do - we're going to analyse the game and see what we can do better.

"You prepare games in your head and then it's all down to interpretation".

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