Salah strikes again to put Liverpool through



MOHAMED Salah’s 13th goal of the season proved enough to send Liverpool into the knockout stages of the Champions League and consign Napoli to the Europa League on another memorable night at Anfield.

Starting the game in third place in Group C, the Reds needed to win by a 1-0 goal margin or by two clear goals to progress, and their bright start was rewarded after 34 tense minutes when Salah broke the deadlock in style.

The Egyptian atoned for an earlier miss with brute strength to shrug off his marker, before selling Kalidou Koulibaly a dummy and sticking it between the legs of David Ospina.

Liverpool were excellent from this point on and would have had the game wrapped up much earlier with a more ruthless edge, with Sadio Mane spurning a hatful of glorious chances to set up a tense finale.

Napoli were poor and created little, but they nearly sneaked an unlikely equaliser right at the death only for Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker to make an unbelievable save to deny Arkadiusz Milik at point-blank range.

Jurgen Klopp’s side held on for the three points which is enough to move them up to second place, above the Serie A club, with Paris Saint-Germain winning the group courtesy of a 4-1 victory against Red Star Belgrade. – Eurosport

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