Serie A side Napoli have had a bright start to the season and showed they will certainly be no mugs in this group as they blew Jurgen Klopp’s side away in Italy.
Luciano Spalletti’s team ran out 4-1 winners against last season’s beaten finalists to go 2nd in Group A, behind Dutch champions Ajax on goal difference, and prove they are dark horses to go all the way to Istanbul.
Polish international midfielder Piotr Zielinski opened the scoring from the penalty spot for Napoli after five minutes before Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa had the Italians 2-0 up on Liverpool just after the half hour mark.
Giovanni Simeone added insult to injury to make it 3-0 on the stroke of halftime and things would go from bad to worse as Zielinski added his second moments after the restart.
Colombian winger Luis Diaz would restore some pride for Liverpool a few minutes later but the game would eventually end 4-1 with the pressure somewhat mounting on Anfield gaffer Klopp.
Rangers sent Napoli v Liverpool warning after Ajax humbling
Rangers are set to welcome Napoli to Ibrox next week in the club’s first Champions League clash at home for 12 years and the Italians have proven their prowess by dismantling Liverpool.
Then follows a doubleheader against the Anfield club later in the year with Liverpool first welcoming Ajax to Merseyside in what is shaping up to be a must-win fixture.
Rangers fans might be holding out in hope of an upset against Napoli next week but the club’s supporters have essentially been told not to bother.
Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst insists that the millions between Rangers and the teams in this group means expecting anything from his side is “too much to ask”.
Seriously, he actually said that.