Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport controversially rates Liverpool's players after victory against Napoli

Liverpool v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Group C

Liverpool knocked Napoli out of the Champions League with a narrow 1-0 victory courtesy of a Mohamed Salah solo goal.

The result sends the Italian side into the Europa League with all third-placed teams from their respective Champions League group getting demoted to the second tier European competition.

Salah and goalkeeper Alisson have received plaudits for their performances after the Egyptians winning strike and Liverpool's number one producing a monumental stop in the dying moments.

The British media were more than happy to give various Liverpool players high ratings, the Guardian awarded Georginio Wijnaldum the star player with a rating of nine, describing his performance as "a dynamic link between midfield and attack".

Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, James Milner and Andrew Robertson all got at least an eight.

The Daily Express viewed things slightly differently, giving Wijnaldum a rating of eight and replacing him with Salah as star player with the goalscorer earning a nine.

The Egyptian's rating was earnt due to the fact that he "terrified the Napoli rearguard with his running and quick feet".

The player ratings over in Italy paint a rather different picture though with every Liverpool player receiving a lower rating from Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport, per Sport Witness.


Wijnaldum's performance clearly did not capture the imagination of the paper, as despite an eight and a nine rating being distributed by the Express and Guardian, Gazetta dello Sport could only muster an average score of six point five.

Salah was said to have "returned to form at the right time" but could still only achieve a seven point five, the best score for any Liverpool player along with Van Dijk and Alisson.

Overall, Gazzetta dello Sport rated the Liverpool starting eleven a total of 71.5 out of 110, this pales in comparison to the Guardian's total of 83 and the Express' overall rating of 82.

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