September 28, 2023

Mo Salah strike sends Liverpool into knockout stages of Champions League

ANOTHER special European night for Liverpool!

A night when nerves were shredded, chances were missed, but still the Reds managed to scrape it through to the last-16 of the Champions League.

The four minutes of added time felt like an agonised eternity and for all of the brilliance of Mohamed Salah, with his goal, they were indebted to their goalkeeper Alisson.

Liverpool wasted a host of opportunities, not least through Sadio Mane, but it was Alisson who prevented Napoli from knocking them out with the one clear chance they created which came in those added minutes.

Somehow the Brazilian spread himself to divert Arkadiusz Milik’s shot when the substitute seemed certain to score. At the final whistle the Liverpool players slumped to the turf, spent and in relief. They were through by the narrowest of margins, the margin they needed.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are top of the Premier League and although going out of the Champions League would not have been a disaster it may well have stalled momentum. Instead they have accelerated that as they finished runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain.


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