Jurgen Klopp's men were far from being the second-best team, but they failed to take their chances and luck was against them.
Carlo Ancelotti's side were awarded a penalty after Andy Robertson fouled José Callejón and the referee's decision wasn't appreciated by Jürgen Klopp after the match. "We want to create more stories in the future".
However, just as Klopp has palmed off the "best in Europe" title, Guardiola did the exact same thing back in December ahead of Man City's 2-1 win against Liverpool which played a huge role the fate of the Premier League title race.
After the game, Liverpool sit third in Group E without any points and will face Salzburg on the second of October.
So tonight we return to the Champions League.
A rare loose Van Dijk pass was punished by Llorente in the dying minutes and while it was an exacting test for Liverpool's rearguard, they were rarely troubled on Tuesday night.
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Mane netted Liverpool's equaliser and their second yesterday before Salah rounded off the scoring in the 3-1 triumph. Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Mo Salah have settled their differences. "Sometimes you have to say things face-to-face".
The memories of Madrid and Jordan Henderson lifting 'ol big ears to the skies are still fresh for the Reds but let's not forget that Liverpool absolutely stunk the place out in their away group games last season.
Ancelotti praised his side for their "very orderly and compact" performance.
European Champions Liverpool play on the first night of this season's Champions League group stage. If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition.
Moreover, while Virgil Van Dijk was at fault for the second goal of the evening, after he was dispossessed near his goal, Robertson appears to slow down in a race to the ball with Dries Mertens who eventually slotted home past Adrián.
Kalidou Koulibaly has implored Napoli to "keep improving" in a bid to get to the top. "I will have no problem with it (reaching the final) if it happens again, but at this moment I am not too sure it will", he said when the draw was made in August. It was very decisive in that moment for sure, but we can not change it anymore. "In the second half it was a wild game, they were running and we were running".
Meanwhile, Napoli's Fernando Llorente warned he was looking for revenge on Liverpool, after being beaten by the Reds in last season's final with former club Tottenham.