Van Dijk paid a more generous tribute to Alisson after highlighting he was merely doing the job that Liverpool bought him for. "Usually in the Champions League you can not surprise a team, I don't know if they were surprised or not but together with the crowd, together with the stadium, it was just outstanding".
Assailed by doubters who claimed he has lost his love of the game, Mohamed Salah produced the flawless response as he fired Liverpool into the last 16 with a virtuoso strike that recalled the best days of his debut campaign. "You saw my reaction as well". Obviously we have triggers to press and then make it hard for them.
Jurgen Klopp has faced Italian clubs in five ties now and in the nine games during his managerial career he has won three and lost six.
Barcelona and Real Madrid will finish top of their groups and they could be joined by Atletico Madrid, who now have a two-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund in Group A, yet Valencia will continue playing in the Europa League as they sit comfortably in third in Group H.
With leaders everywhere you look, you're always going to get these sort of disagreements but it's only going to help the side sort out their problems.
Liverpool are also top of the Premier League after going unbeaten in their first 16 games this season, raising the prospect of Klopp's men winning a first English title since 1990 while also challenging for a sixth European Cup. That type of flexibility is important, especially if he has players around him that can capitalize. There was no deal to be done then or when Roma quoted £90m in the aftermath of Liverpool's defeat against Real Madrid. We still need to show it but I think we are definitely capable of competing in both competitions.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker played an important role in the win over Napoli
That debate is for another day as all of Liverpool's good work over the last few months will be undone if they are dumped into the Europa League and Klopp has to do all he can to guard against that nightmare scenario.
So, without further ado, here is everything you need to know.
"The Europa League will start in the spring and we want to go as far as possible in it".
They seem to love the way their side plays, they like their manager and they have a great affinity with the fans.
United boss Jose Mourinho has already confirmed Paul Pogba will face Valencia after a spell where the midfielder has been in and out of the team, the France star having been influential in their Champions League campaign.
"We lacked a little sharpness when building our forward play, as Liverpool pressed us very high and in the second half it was more disorganised from both sides".
It fuels Van Dijk's optimism to know his back is covered.
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