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Edinson Cavani is shown a yellow card.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Eccleston on Paolo Cannavaro. Free kick taken by Salvatore Aronica.
A goal is scored by Steven Gerrard from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 3-1 Napoli.Leiva Lucas provided the assist for the goal.
Penalty scored by Steven Gerrard. Liverpool 2-1 Napoli.Glen Johnson fouled by Salvatore Aronica, the ref awards a Penalty. Assist by Glen Johnson.
Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Armando Campagnaro. Direct free kick taken by Paolo Cannavaro.
Marek Hamsik leaves the field to be replaced by Hassan Yebda. Salvatore Aronica gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Steven Gerrard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
David Ngog leaves the field to be replaced by Leiva Lucas. Steven Gerrard produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Michele Pazienza gets a block in.
Edinson Cavani takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball, clearance by Salvatore Aronica.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Jonjo Shelvey goes wide left of the goal.
Morgan De Sanctis receives a yellow card for dissent.
Goal scored by Steven Gerrard from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Napoli.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Carragher on Ezequiel Lavezzi. Direct free kick taken by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Hugo Armando Campagnaro challenges Nathan Eccleston unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The referee penalises Walter Gargano for handball. Jay Spearing takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paolo Cannavaro.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Morgan De Sanctis.
Hugo Armando Campagnaro is cautioned. Sotirios Kyrgiakos is shown a yellow card.
Close range shot by Raul Meireles goes wide of the left-hand post.
Nathan Eccleston is brought on as a substitute for Christian Poulsen.
Ezequiel Lavezzi takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
Jay Spearing is adjudged to have handled the ball. Michele Pazienza takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Jonjo Shelvey.
A cross is delivered by David Ngog, Jonjo Shelvey has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Andrea Dossena, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
David Ngog is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Paolo Cannavaro.
A cross is delivered by Andrea Dossena, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
Cristian Maggio concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonjo Shelvey. Steven Gerrard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Unfair challenge on Morgan De Sanctis by Sotirios Kyrgiakos results in a free kick. Morgan De Sanctis takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Morgan De Sanctis.
Ezequiel Lavezzi crosses the ball, Cristian Maggio takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Andrea Dossena goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Andrea Dossena. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Edinson Cavani.
Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Hugo Armando Campagnaro results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
Walter Gargano challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball in from the free kick, Salvatore Aronica manages to make a clearance.
Steven Gerrard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Milan Jovanovic.
Foul by David Ngog on Paolo Cannavaro, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paolo Cannavaro.
A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles, Cristian Maggio manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugo Armando Campagnaro on Milan Jovanovic. Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Cristian Maggio.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Morgan De Sanctis.
Centre by Raul Meireles.
Milan Jovanovic produces a cross, Salvatore Aronica makes a clearance.
Centre by Milan Jovanovic, clearance by Andrea Dossena.
Hugo Armando Campagnaro concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Konchesky. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Effort from the edge of the area by David Ngog goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Ezequiel Lavezzi finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 0-1 Napoli.The assist for the goal came from Edinson Cavani.
Hugo Armando Campagnaro has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the upright.
Glen Johnson booked. Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Edinson Cavani. Direct free kick taken by Salvatore Aronica.
Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Salvatore Aronica results in a free kick. Jay Spearing takes the free kick.
Ezequiel Lavezzi has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Shot on goal by Edinson Cavani from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Corner taken short by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Andrea Dossena produces a cross, save by Jose Reina.
Raul Meireles challenges Salvatore Aronica unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paolo Cannavaro.
Effort from the edge of the area by Edinson Cavani goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgan De Sanctis by Raul Meireles. Direct free kick taken by Morgan De Sanctis.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Sotirios Kyrgiakos misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Hugo Armando Campagnaro takes the indirect free kick.
Ezequiel Lavezzi decides to take a short corner.
Raul Meireles delivers the ball, save made by Morgan De Sanctis.
Paul Konchesky delivers the ball, blocked by Paolo Cannavaro. Pass corner from left by-line taken by Jonjo Shelvey to short, save made by Morgan De Sanctis.
A cross is delivered by Milan Jovanovic, save by Morgan De Sanctis.
Milan Jovanovic delivers the ball, Morgan De Sanctis makes a save.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Edinson Cavani on Glen Johnson. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Paul Konchesky on Marek Hamsik, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Hugo Armando Campagnaro.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The second half has started.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee ends the match.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has pledged to field a strong team in Thursday's Europa League clash at home to Napoli as he seeks to take a major step towards qualification for the knockout stages.
The 63-year-old believes four points from their remaining three games - two of which are at home - will be enough for his Group K leaders.
And even with a huge match against Chelsea looming on Sunday, Hodgson - in contrast to their away European fixtures - is prepared to field an experienced side.
"I think if we can get four more points we'll be pretty much secure for a place in the next round as I can see the other games being tight," he said.
"We got one of the tougher groups with Napoli, Steaua and Utrecht and on paper it looked even, but we've done what we've needed to do.
"We'll have a strong team out on Thursday, we won't rest too many. When you're playing these European games it's the travelling that's one of the worst aspects.
"You're away for three days and you're very concerned about the way the players will react, not just to the game but also the travelling.
"At home it's a slightly lesser problem but of course we need to look at the minutes people are playing and try to keep some sort of balance there."
Hodgson will be without Joe Cole (hamstring), Dirk Kuyt (ankle) and Daniel Agger (calf) while Sotirios Kyrgiakos is troubled by a groin problem.
However, Ryan Babel is training with the squad after a rib injury and Glen Johnson is set to return following a thigh problem.
Napoli sit second in the standings, with three draws to their name so far.
Victory at Anfield would see them move above the Reds, and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told his players to make the most of playing at such a prestigious ground.
"It will be great to play in a stadium so important against a team with a glorious past and present," he told www.sccnapoli.it.
"It will be fascinating and even arouse curiosity. I am sure there will be many Neapolitans living in England to follow us at Anfield. I expect a great night.
"Certainly this is one of the most exciting and most important matches in the modern history of Napoli. So I say to the guys that I want a very, very strong team."
Gerrard leads by example
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard came to his side's aid once again as his late hat-trick inspired the side to a 3-1 Europa League victory against Napoli which highlighted the gulf in class within the squad.
The Reds were deservedly behind to Ezequiel Lavezzi's goal after a dire first-half performance but the England midfielder's introduction at the interval changed the dynamic.
Gerrard, as he always has, led from the front and scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to extend Liverpool's lead at the top of Group K.
It also made it two wins and two draws in the last four matches and ensured the side's mini-revival did not come crashing to an end before it had chance to gather momentum.
That Gerrard made such a difference highlighted the deficiencies on the playing staff at Anfield, with the side operating the vast majority of the second half with five central midfielders in a variety of other positions.
The captain put the rest of his team-mates to shame.
Newly-appointed director of football strategy Damien Comolli, watching alongside owner John Henry, must be wondering how he is expected to bring in talent to match that of Gerrard's, such was the midfielder's influence on the game.
But both Henry and Comolli would have been disappointed with how quickly Liverpool were put on the back foot by the lively visitors in the first half.
Equally worrying was the number of times they gave the ball away, a failing which ultimately cost them as one such occasion led to Napoli's goal.
Lavezzi looked dangerous from the start and his shot forced a corner off Paul Konchesky, with his next intervention releasing Edinson Cavani through the inside-left channel only for the Uruguayan to blaze over.
The provider was slightly closer himself when he seized on a misplaced pass by Jonjo Shelvey to run at the Liverpool defence and fire a shot just wide of Jose Reina's left-hand post.
Pressure was starting to build and Glen Johnson, returning from a thigh injury after a four-match absence, was the first player to be booked for hacking at the back of Cavani's legs before the Reds cracked in the 28th minute.
Christian Poulsen's aimless back-header in the centre circle was picked up by Cavani on the left and he slipped a pass through to Lavezzi who calmly steered the ball under Reina, sparking wild celebrations for the visiting fans - many of whom had managed to acquire tickets in a corner of the main stand.
The response was for David Ngog to stab wide from Poulsen's pass and Johnson to force a regulation save out of Morgan de Sanctis.
But manager Roy Hodgson had already seen enough and sent Gerrard out to warm-up 10 minutes before the interval, with the captain reappearing for the second half at the expense of Milan Jovanovic.
It took just 11 seconds for Gerrard to get into the game, winning a tackle with typical aggression before moments later inducing a foul from Andrea Dossena which earned the former Liverpool defender a booking.
The England midfielder's presence had certainly had the desired effect, even if it did mean the side now had even less width with five central midfielders on the field.
Ngog and Shelvey wasted chances before Meireles missed the target from eight yards after latching on to Ngog's loose pass.
Gerrard curled a free-kick just wide from the edge of the penalty area but it was his sheer determination which brought the equaliser in the 75th minute.
Shelvey's run appeared to be petering out when Dossena did his former club - where he endured a miserable time - a huge favour by diverting the ball towards De Sanctis.
Gerrard sensed an opportunity and charged in with his lunge enough to divert the ball past the goalkeeper.
Salvatore Aronica's 88th-minute trip on Johnson presented the captain with a penalty to double his tally and he duly obliged.
In the directors' box Henry punched the air but he had barely sat down before Gerrard completed his hat-trick and sealed the victory, cleverly dinking the ball over De Sanctis from substitute Lucas Leiva's through-ball.
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