Salah fires Liverpool into Champions League last 16

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The three players bowing out are from last Saturday's midfield quartet, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho and Naby Keita dropping to the bench. He did it. I never saw something similar. However, Alisson's big arm denied the Polish striker and kept Klopp's side in the competition. Both had their backs against the wall and saw some late magic get them into the round of 16.

Manchester United and Chelsea may face stiff competition as Real Madrid and Barcelona have reportedly joined the battle for the Napoli defender. If one of them got injured, right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was next in line.

"And, yes, that save was just incredible, but if we don't defend the whole pitch like we defended, Ali can not make 20 saves like the last one".

"In the Champions League you usually can not surprise a team, I don't know if they were surprised, but we had the opportunity to show more than we did at Napoli, and together with the crowd, it was just outstanding".

Financially, the club is in great shape too.

"We lacked a little sharpness when building our forward play, as Liverpool pressed us very high and in the second half it was more disorganised from both sides".

It turned out that Coutinho's £142m move to Barcelona did not adversely affect Liverpool's form, but nobody knew that at the time.

Prizes include, a trip to Old Trafford to watch Man United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, tickets to Ireland's home games in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.

The result was that, although Liverpool played with a pace and intensity that recalled its best performances last season, it couldn't quite finish Napoli off. He is the sort of manager who sees his squad as people, not just players, and it is paying off.

Here are three points from a dramatic night at Anfield as Liverpool advanced to the last-16 at Napoli's expense.

Perhaps the only negative from a good night's work, the No.4's 14th-minute booking following a challenge on Dries Mertens means he will serve a one-match suspension for the first leg of the Reds' last-16 tie in February.

Instead, they managed the occasion.

"It was always going to be a tough game, they are a good team".

They can't get Manchester City until the quarter-finals at the earliest and, after hammering them 5-1 at the same stage of last season's Champions League, I reckon Pep Guardiola's side will not relish a European re-match with Liverpool.

After Napoli and Inter was eliminated, Italy have just two teams in the draw.

Yet no one in Klopp's team will complain if Salah keeps expressing himself with goals rather than grins.

He had justified the expectation levels that soared with his signing long before Wednesday, when he earned Liverpool an extra £11m in Champions League revenue with the 92nd-minute block that secured victory and a return to the knockout phase. We knew defensively that was what was going to win us the game, we had to be on the front foot.

I am a student of the game.

"If we don't win as we have to and we lose confidence, that is our responsibility".

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