Andrew Robertson admits that Liverpool need to “wake up” after enduring a Champions League nightmare at Napoli that delivered a humbling 4-1 defeat.
The Reds, who have made a slow start to the 2022-23 Premier League season, struggled to contain lively Italian foes during their opening European fixture of the new campaign. Defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed, with there an acceptance in the Anfield camp that collective standards need to improve quickly.
Robertson told reporters when reflecting on a miserable evening in Naples: “We deserve this result. The way we were wide open they found so many spaces. It felt like they had an extra man. You have to be ready to fight. We weren’t close enough to our mate. We have to wake up, and quickly because we can’t perform like that.”
Liverpool never got going at Napoli and found themselves three goals down by half-time, with Luis Diaz grabbing what proved to be a consolation effort early in the second half.
urgen Klopp has admitted that his side now need to reinvent themselves after becoming accustomed to challenging for major honours at home and abroad in recent times.