Read a full match report of the Europa League game between Liverpool at Napoli at Anfield on Thursday Nov 4 2010.
Where there is Steven Gerrard, there is always hope. Liverpool's talisman proved the hat-trick man in the Europa League on Thursday night, coming on to rescue his beloved club who had been given the run-around by Napoli in the first half.
Ill-will had seeped into this contest, an unwanted relic of unpleasant events in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius a fortnight ago. Problems with segregation were witnessed even before Lavezzi’s 25th-minute strike. Police and stewards had already been forced to calm tempers in the corner of the Main Stand and Anfield Road End. Napoli fans had bought seats in the Liverpool areas while there were reports of some Italians fighting outside Anfield.