Klopp hails Salah and Alisson after difffcult win over Napoli

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Mohamed Salah continued his prolific form to fire Liverpool into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday but coach Juergen Klopp was just as thankful for his “lifesaver” of a goalkeeper after the 1-0 win over Napoli.

The slender victory was enough for Liverpool to progress at the expense of Napoli.

Klopp, along with a nervous Anfield crowd, watched Liverpool hang on at the death, with relief palpable all around as Brazilian Alisson rushed from his line to deny Arkadiusz Milik in almost the last act of the match.

“The save Ali made — I have no words for that,” Klopp said. “That was a lifesaver tonight.

“It wasn’t just one save — he had a lot of things to do and did it so coolly and calmly. Still he did it, incredible, unbelievable, never saw anything like it.”

Klopp’s praise for match-winner Salah was altogether more concise.

“The goal Mo scored, what a goal, unbelievable,” Klopp said.

Having qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League in such tense circumstances, however, it was too early for Klopp to start thinking about the teams that stand between the five-times European champions and another title.

“Until 7.55 tonight I wasn’t sure we would even be in the draw,” Klopp said.

“I don’t care who we draw.”

REUTERS/Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Nick Mulvenney

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