A last gasp Lorenzo Insigne goal was enough to earn Napoli a crucial three points and sink a toothless Liverpool side at the Stadio San Paolo.
With neither team creating any clear cut chances in the opening quarter of an hour, the first real incident of the match was the substitution of Naby Keita after just 18 minutes. Though there appeared to be no impact or tackle that caused Keita’s injury, the midfielder had to be stretchered off, to the worry of Liverpool fans.
In truth, the first half was ultimately a showcase of late tackles and yellow cards. Neither team’s attackers linked up as they so often have in the past, and 0-0 was a fair scoreline going into half time.
Though the hosts started the second half on the front foot, the flow of the game was much the same as the first half. Centre backs snuffing out any danger and forwards not taking care of the ball in promising positions.
The game finally burst into life with 10 minutes to go, as a Mario Rui cross found substitute Dries Mertens in space, but the Belgian could only shin the ball onto the crossbar from eight yards out.
The hosts would score a well deserved winner just 30 seconds from time, after Jose Callejon got in behind Andy Robertson and crossed for Lorenzo Insigne, who slid in to apply the finishing touch from six yards out. Zero shots on target told the story for Liverpool, who deserved nothing from the game.