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Klopp hails ‘lifesaving’ Alisson as Salah fine form continues

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool applauds the fans after victory in the Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images,)

London : 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, who started the day top of Group C but crashed out on goals scored after the clubs finished tied on nine points with the same head-to-head record.

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.

After all that Salah has achieved in such a short space of time at Liverpool, even someone as articulate as Klopp might be forgiven for running out of words with which to praise the Egyptian.

His 44 goals in all competitions in his first campaign at Anfield exceeded all expectations so seven goals in Liverpool’s first 15 league matches this season, plus two in five Champions League starts, looked meagre by comparison.