A night that was supposed to be all about the goalkeeper became a night that was all about the goals.Liverpool handed Alisson Becker his first start following his £65million arrival from Roma in their eighth pre-season friendly but for all that the Brazilian cut an imposing and assured figure, you could not have left the Aviva Stadium without being taken aback by Jurgen Klopp’s attack.
It would be wrong to say this was a first whistle to last story of relentless, creative football – they were fatigued after a week’s intensive training in the French Alps – but during the spells in which it all clicked for Liverpool, they had far too many guns for Napoli. They scored five, two of which came in the opening nine minutes, and with greater composure, that final score could have been doubled in front of a sell-out 51,512 crowd in Dublin; if a tally of 24 goals in pre-season is a gauge, watching Liverpool when the real business starts will not be dull.
This was the first time Klopp selected Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane since the Champions League final on May 26; Firmino only returned to training on Monday but here was a clear pointer they will be unleashed when West Ham arrive at Anfield next Sunday.
You could go a step further and say the 11 that started here will be the ones to whom Klopp turns when the real business begins – Liverpool have one more friendly against Torino at Anfield on Tuesday – and he will content with the shape they are in.