Watch: 'Unbelievable' Alisson's injury-time save helps Liverpool through via 'sensational' Mo Salah strike
Liverpool 1-0 Napoli
Liverpool are to to the Champions League knock-out stages, thanks to Mo Salah's goal and an late, late Alisson save
The Reds beat Napoli 1-0 after the Egyptian's eye-catching goal 34 minutes into Tuesday's clash at Anfield, where they needed to win either 1-0 or by two goals.
Salah shrugged off one defender, jinked past another and nutmegged the keeper for good effect to make it 1-0.
Sadio Mane could and perhaps should have doubled the lead during the second half but first saw his shot saved and then blasted into the side netting from close range when he seemed certain to score.
In injury-time, Napoli carved out a one-on-one as hearts stopped at Anfield, knowing an equaliser would be enough to knock the Reds out.
However, goalkeeper Alisson stood tall to save in fine fashion:
Alisson with one of the greatest saves. Worth every penny spent by Liverpool. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ajW0hJ3MWU— World Cup (@FlFAWC2018) December 11, 2018
Mane looked certain to score in the dying seconds but dragged his shot wide when through one-on-one.
The Reds, nonetheless, managed to complete another special European night at Anfield.
“The goal Mo scored – what a goal, unbelievable – but the save Ali (Allison) made I have no words for that. That was the lifesaver tonight,” manager Jurgen Klopp said of his £65million summer signing.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner told BT Sport: "Unbelievable save from Ally (Alisson). I think it was a fantastic performance all the way through and Mo's goal, he's a match-winner, he's a world-class player, you need that sometimes in these games and he's changed the game again.
"It was always going to be a tough game, they are a good team. It was a really good performance. We knew defensively that was what was going to win us the game, we had to be on the front foot.
"The first game (against Napoli) I don't think they experienced how we can defend at all, it was a really poor performance. So I thought we defended really well all through the game (tonight) front to back.
"We had to be on the front foot, give them no time, hunt in packs and I thought we did that."
Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson added: "We knew we had to get off to a fast start which we did.
"First half I thought we were excellent. With us 1-0 up they had nothing to lose and they threw their centre-back up and we knew that was going to be the last 10 minutes, so we had to stay strong.
"It's an unbelievable save that Ally has pulled off and all the credit goes to him. We've performed well today. We knew what we had to do and we've done it. We look forward to whoever we get in the last 16 now.
"To get 1-0 up, we were confident we were going to keep a clean sheet and it proved that way."
Belfast Telegraph Digital