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Rio Ferdinand reacts to Liverpool FC’s 1-0 win over Napoli

Rio Ferdinand reacts to Liverpool FC’s 1-0 win over Napoli”

Virgil van Dijk believes his challenge on Dries Mertens early in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday was a fair tackle.

They had to win the match in order to book their place in the last 16 of the tournament.

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game in the 34th minute at Anfield to send Liverpool into the round-of-16 of the Champions League, although they could have been down to 10 men before the goal was scored. "The boys played with their whole hearts on the pitch".

"It doesn't mean they have a bad team".

"And, yes, that save was just incredible, but if we don't defend the whole pitch like we defended, Ali can not make 20 saves like the last one".

Joel Matip and Mane played for the entire duration while Naby Keita, one of the changes from Bournemouth win, took Firmino's place in the 79th minute and Liverpool held firm to relegate Napoli to the Europa League and finish as second in Group C, just behind group leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

"He did it...incredible, unbelievable".

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores against Napoli

Milik nearly broke Liverpool hearts right at the death, only to be denied by Alisson, who raced from his line to make a game-saving block.

'He did it nearly every match: someone is through on goal and you think they are going to score and then Ali is there to make a save, ' added Wijnaldum. "I never saw something similar". "This game was just wonderful, outstanding, unbelievable, the boys left their whole heart on the pitch", he added.

"I am really proud of the boys". Our offensive defending, our offensive pressing was some of the best I've ever saw. A point blank save from about five feet kept Napoli scoreless, and will surely be a highlight we all remember for a long time.

How we played football, the intensity was just hard to deal with, we could have scored more often but the 2-0 doesn't help a lot. "It is painful. Millie had cramps - I hope it was only cramp", Klopp added.

"We are second in the group, so we will have an outstandingly strong opponent".

Ancelotti insisted Virgil van Dijk should have received a straight red card for a risky first-half challenge on Dries Mertens, the Liverpool defender taking the ball and then the forward's ankle.



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