'Wet lettuce!' Napoli fan goes viral for CRYING at HT despite team needing 1 goal to qualify (VIDEO)
Both sides entered the match needing a win to secure qualification to the knockout stages of Europe's premier competition from Group C, but a score draw would have suited Napoli enough to advance.
Which makes the tearful reactions of one Napoli fan on Tuesday at Anfield all the more puzzling, as he was filmed bursting into tears on 40 minutes despite his side needing only to cancel out Mo Salah's 34th minute strike to go through.
Napoli deserve to lose purely because of that fan crying in the stands. Nothing wrong with emotion but there’s 50 minutes left.— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) December 11, 2018
Napoli fan in tears at Anfield already after Salah's opening goal, bare in mind Napoli still just need 1 goal to make it through to the knockouts. pic.twitter.com/5XZT2AVBmh— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) December 11, 2018
Napoli fan crying as he realises his team need to score one goal against a Virgil van Dijk defence... pic.twitter.com/7fiFCMMPG0— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) December 11, 2018
Why are some of the Napoli fans crying already?— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) December 11, 2018
A Napoli fan crying 38 minutes into the match when all his team need to do is scoreGame's gone pic.twitter.com/YxSOoRaHAO— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) December 11, 2018
The Twitterati were largely apoplectic, struggling to understand exactly why only needing one more goal –which represented more than a glimmer of hope given Napoli have already beaten Liverpool this season– would move a grown man to tears.
Some social media users said they believed Napoli deserved to lose after such a display from one of their emotional fans, others resorted to calling the fan a "wet lettuce", whereas others commended the show of passion, treating it as a sign of how much the game meant to the young man.
That Napoli fan crying there. They're an emotional people. My Roman housemate used to break down every time he walked past Bella Pasta. Inconsolable.— Chris Taylor (@the_itch1980) December 11, 2018
Napoli fans crying. I love how much this game means to the world.— LUKE (@luke16taylor) December 11, 2018