Liverpool made hard work of Napoli, says Van Dijk

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield stadium in Liverpool north west England

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield stadium in Liverpool north west England

And they were almost made to pay in stoppage time when Alisson Becker produced a crucial save to deny Arkadiusz Milik a dramatic equaliser.

Despite progressing to the last 16, Liverpool were poor away from home in the Champions League group stage, losing all of their three away fixtures.

"I have no idea how Alisson made a save like this", Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game.

It was a result which ensures the Reds will be in the hat for the Champions League knockout stage draw.

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 moments decide big games, and Liverpool discovered in Kiev the cost of not having a world-class goalkeeper.

Indeed, there was nervousness around Anfield and despite Napoli's anonymity in the second-half, there was a feeling that they would make Liverpool pay for their missed chances.

UEFA Champions League: Liverpool 1-0 Napoli

They must now ponder the prospect of Europa League football after Christmas.

In defence, Kalidou Koulibaly was supposed to marshal a watertight defence, but his attempts to stop Salah embarrassing David Ospina at his near post were pitful. That made the game so intense.

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

It promises to be yet another famous European night under the lights at Anfield and you can keep up with all the latest drama right here.

Reaction to Van Dijk's foul.

They did not need to blitz, or blow the roof off, or risk it all-not with Alisson Becker in goal and not with Van Dijk in front of him.

Fortunately he was fine, but the yellow card to Van Dijk was still more than justified.

Van Dijk did play the ball first, but his follow through took out the Belgian global and could easily have been punished with a red card by Slovenian referee Damir Skomina.

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