Liverpool are through to the next round of the Champions League after a thrilling 1-0 win over Napoli. A goal from Mohamed Salah proved the difference, along with a last minute save from Alisson.
The Reds have navigated a tough group including Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade and can now hope to push on and have a lengthy European campaign once again.
The Liverpool goal came from the Egyptian magician that is Salah.
His pace and trickery proved too much for Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegalese defender is rightly considered one of the best defenders in the world right now. His performance at the Stadio San Paolo on the first meeting between these two sides was imperious. It left Liverpool fans in awe of his ability.
It probably helped Manchester United and Jose Mourinho decide he is the man to sort out their defence.
As reported by Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool’s fierce rivals United made a £91 million enquiry for Koulibaly, which was immediately rejected by Napoli ahead of the January window. Such a fee would have made him the world’s most expensive defender, ahead of Virgil van Dijk.
But Salah squared the defender up, dropped a delicate shoulder, and skipped past him before slotting past the predictably porous former Arsenal stopper David Ospina.
It was a wonderful goal and the fact it came at the expense of a £91 million Manchester United target will just make it even sweeter.