Team Line-Up's

Napoli Liverpool
De Sanctis Reina
Aronica Konchesky
Dossena Carragher
Campagnaro Kelly
Cannavaro Skrtel
Pazienza Spearing
Maggio Poulsen
Hamsik Shelvey
Gargano Jovanovic
Cavani Babel
Lavezzi N'Gog
Iezzo Jones
Grava Aurelio
Zuniga Kyrgiakos
Cribari Wilson
Yebda Cole
Sosa Maxi
Dumitru Eccelston
Kyrigiakos for Carrgaher 45'
Aurelio for Konchesky 64'
Zuniga for Maggio 75'
Cole for Babel 77'
Yebda for Gargano 83'
Sosa for Hamsik 84'
Yellow Cards
  Skrtel 27'
Red Cards
Thorsten Kinhofer

Match Stats

Napoli   Liverpool
51% Possession 49%
3 Shots On Target 5
4 Shots Off Target 1
6 Corners 2
6 Fouls 8
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

Match Report

A second string Liverpool produced a defiant display as they earned an admirable draw at Napoli in their Europa League Group K tie.

The Reds survived a Marek Hamsik shot being cleared off the line by Paul Konchesky but had their chances to win.

Ryan Babel spurned a glorious opening for the visitors when his strike was saved with just the keeper to beat.

David Ngog swivelled and had a strike blocked by Napoli's Salvatore Aronica as both teams had to settle for a draw.

With Liverpool top of their Europa League group ahead of the game, under-pressure Reds boss Roy Hodgson used that breathing space to field a team mostly of youngsters and fringe players.

Jonjo Shelvey was making his full Liverpool debut as he filled the Steven Gerrard role behind main striker David Ngog and he, along with fellow youngsters Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing, admirably dealt with the intimidating atmosphere at the Stadio San Paolo.

Right-back Kelly was an enterprising presence early on as he combined his defensive duties with an energy to get forward when possible, while the diminutive Spearing cut an assured presence in central midfield.

The Reds also had a sight of goal when Milan Jovanovic slid a piercing ball to Babel only for the Dutchman's touch to let him down and the chance of a shot at goal quickly evaporate.

Babel was making a rare start but, rather that grasping the chance to further his first-team claims, he disappointed as he gave away possession too many times.

Ngog had the arduous task of leading the Liverpool line almost single-handedly and, while he worked tirelessly, he failed to make the most of a chance which came his way.

Shelvey drifted a cross to the far post which Ngog could only steer the ball harmlessly across the Napoli box rather that at goal.

Napoli are fourth in the Serie A but, even with a first-team line-up, were struggling to an under strength Liverpool side until the stroke of half-time when they almost undid the visitors' good work.

Cavani outpaced Carragher and crossed for Hamsik, who turned in a shot at goal which was cleared from the Reds goalmouth by Paul Konchesky and the official behind the goal ruling the ball had not crossed the goal-line.

Napoli grew in threat after the break and Uruguayan Cavani had the sting taken out of a shot by Konchesky before Reina saved and then flashed a powerful header just wide.

Liverpool quelled the growing Napoli tide as the game opened up and Babel had a great chance after again being played in by Jovanovic but produced a poor sidefooted attempt which was saved by the foot of keeper Morgan De Sanctis.

Hodgson's side were showing signs of stealing a win and when Ngog controlled, swivelled and shot, Napoli defender Aronica had to launch himself to block the strike before both teams settled for a point apiece.

Head to Head - Napoli