Salah fires Liverpool into Champions League last 16

Salah fires Liverpool into Champions League last 16

Napoli had chances to equalise and a fine save from Alisson Becker late on to deny Arkadiusz Milik helped Liverpool FC to cling on and progress.

Milik nearly broke Liverpool hearts right at the death, only to be denied by Alisson, who raced from his line to make a game-saving block.

Critics questioned the wisdom of manager Jurgen Klopp spending £65million on the summer purchase of the Brazil global but the 26-year-old has already repaid a large chunk of that transfer fee.

It was a case of last minute, last place for Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow, who capped their dismal European campaign by finishing rock bottom of Group D with a 1-0 defeat to Schalke in Germany, ruling out even a place in the Europa League following a 91st minute goal from Alessandro Schöpf.

Perched pretty at the top of the table in the Premier League, Jürgen Klopp's side had just secured a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League by doing exactly what was required of them in their final group game.

Klopp claimed Liverpool's all-round display was worthy of a place in the knockout phase for the second successive season.

Will Alisson's save prove to be as pivotal as Gerrard's goal?

The Reds reached the Champions League final last season but were beaten by Real Madrid in the showpiece back in May. Big chances, a lot of pressure, a lot of great moments.

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Receiving the ball on the left-hand side in the first half, a slight pause was all it took as Salah's shimmy completely befuddled the Senegalese who was beaten all ends up, before tucking the ball through Ospina's legs from an acute angle to give Liverpool the opening goal they so craved.

The visitors made their three substitutes in the space of eight minutes and it started to pay dividends for Ancelotti, whose side started to get a foot back in the game.

A year ago, Liverpool were preparing to sell their best player by sanctioning Philippe Coutinho's £142 million transfer to Barcelona.

Liverpool fans are presumably on cloud nine following Tuesday night's hard-fought victory over Napoli at Anfield.

Initially innocuous-looking, the replays confirmed that Van Dijk had gone in on the Belgian with his studs showing and despite getting the ball, caught him high on his ankle on the follow through.

Liverpool went into the game having to judge a finely-balanced conundrum of winning 1-0 or beating the visitors by two clear goals.

Van Dijk did play the ball first, but his follow through took out the Belgian worldwide and could easily have been punished with a red card by Slovenian referee Damir Skomina. With Alisson in goal, Liverpool know they can beat anybody.

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