Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti saw signs at Anfield that his team’s fortunes are changing despite a seventh match without victory.
Dejan Lovren’s second-half header cancelled out a contentious opener from Dries Mertens and means both Napoli and defending champions Liverpool will be made to wait to secure their progress from Group E.
And while Liverpool were left sweating over an injury to Fabinho, Ancelotti was left to reflect on an improved display from his side that has been engulfed by some internal wrangling at the club after their president clamped down on a number of unruly players.
“I have no doubt that my team will get back to playing at its best level and we saw that today,” said Ancelotti, whose second-placed side face bottom team Genk in their final match.
“There was a lot of expectation around this game. Perhaps people thought we’d concede goals but that hasn’t happened.
“We’ve not been at our best but we’re always very solid.
“The situation now is ideal in the group. It was a positive evening for us.”