The performance may not have been eye-catching and the draw was never always assured, but Liverpool will be relieved to come out of a tricky-looking away fixture to Napoli with a respectable point. Liverpool were indebted to Paul Konchesky’s goal-line clearance after Marek hamsik’s scuffed shot had found its way past Pepe Reina.
The form of Eziquiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani has been prominent in Napoli’s rise to fourth position in Serie A, but their profligate finishing let Liverpool off the hook on occasion. The result could have been even more impressive for Hodgson’s weakened team – for whom Jonjo Shelvey was impressive, reports The Guardian – had Ryan Babel’s effort not been saved by Morgan de Sanctis.
Hodgson won’t resign.
At the conclusion of Liverpool’s 0-0 draw away to Napoli in the Europa League, Roy Hodgson shook the hand of every member of Liverpool backroom staff on the bench with him. Whilst this could have added fuel to the rumour that he was set to resign from the club, Hodgson after the game moved to secure his future with the Merseyside club.
“I’ve heard the ridiculous rumours but I can tell you there is not one iota of truth in any of them,” he told The Guardian. “The simple answer is I have never considered resigning and I never will.” He also praised the travelling supporters who endured an ordeal of hostility by Napoli Ultras. “The supporters have done a fantastic job,” he said. “I just want to say how grateful we are for their support.”
Reds fans targeted by Ultras.
Another trip for English fans to Italy and another sad tale of violence meted out to them by Ultras. This time Liverpool supporters happened to have the misfortune to be targeted by the Ultras of Naples. At least six Liverpool fans return to Liverpool with serious injuries at the hands of Napoli supporters, according to the Daily Mirror, adding to the three who had been injured on Wednesday night.
The Napoli Ultras seem to be living in the past. The local paper reported of ‘1000 travelling English hooligans’, stoking up tensions before the game, challenging the Ultras to show their ‘honour’ in defeating the travelling fans.
Roy Hodgson was grateful for the support his team received under difficult circumstances: “They are peaceful people who have come here to watch the game and have ended up getting stabbed,” he told The Guardian.