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Liverpool stunned by Napoli

Defending champions Liverpool suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Napoli in their Group E UEFA Champions League opener at the San Paolo Stadium this morning.

Liverpool survived a 1-0 defeat in Naples in the group stage last season to go on and win their sixth European Cup, and this time a 2-0 reverse at the San Paolo made them the first title holders to lose their opening game in the competition since 1994.

Dries Mertens got the better of Adrian from 12 yards out and substitute Fernando Llorente then took advantage of a rare defensive lapse by Virgil van Dijk to make it 2-0 in stoppage time.

Liverpool must now bounce back in two weeks when they host Austrian champions Salzburg, who thrashed Genk 6-2 at the Red Bull Arena in the other Group E match.

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