Jamie Carragher reveals what Jurgen Klopp said about Alisson after astonishing save against Napoli

Alisson pulled off a stunning save in the dying moments against Napoli (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp admitted he had no idea Alisson was this good after the Brazilian pulled off a stunning save in the dying minutes of the Reds’ 1-0 win against Napoli.

Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s only goal at Anfield but the Reds faced a nervy final ten minutes when the Serie A giants piled forward for an equaliser that would have knocked Klopp’s men out.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah had numerous chances to put the game to bed but the Reds have Alisson to thank in injury time for his incredible save to deny Arkadiusz Milik from point-blank range.

Much was made about Liverpool’s decision to break the world record for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson for £67million last summer but the Brazilian’s proved value for money so far this campaign.

Alisson secured Liverpool’s spot in the knockout stages (Picture: Getty)And Jamie Carragher has revealed that Klopp admitted after the game that he would have paid twice as much had he realised just how good Alisson was.

‘Klopp just told me “If I knew Alisson was this good I would have paid double!’ revealed Carragher on his Instagram.

Liverpool finished runners up to Paris Saint-Germain after Thomas Tuchel’s side confirmed top spot with a win against Red Star Belgrade.

The Reds await Monday’s draw to see who they will face in the last-16.

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Jurgen Klopp responds to Liverpool fans who want revenge on Real Madrid in last 16

The Merseysiders could be in for a repeat of last season’s final (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp says he does not care who Liverpool are drawn against in the next round of the Champions League despite fans being keen to take on Real Madrid.

The Merseysiders progressed to the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition after a thrilling 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday night, going through to the next round as runners-up.

Real Madrid have already sealed top spot, meaning there could be a rematch of last season’s controversial final, though Klopp is not looking that far ahead.

Mo Salah’s goal put Liverpool into the knockout rounds (Picture: Getty)‘The only thing I know is that a lot of the fans would like to have revenge against PSG, or whatever, but we have no say in that,’ he responded when asked about Liverpool fans itching to get revenge on Real.

‘That’s what I know. We have no say in it. So we wait for the draw, no problem with that.

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‘Until 7.55 tonight I was really not sure we would be in the draw still, and now we are in it how could I ask for any team? I don’t care.

‘We are second in the group so we will have an outstanding strong opponent, that’s it.’

Liverpool fans are itching to be drawn against Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Asked about Liverpool main rivals to win the competition, he continued: ‘I have no idea. And I don’t care actually. All the others still in the competition.

‘Oh my God. We have such a long season, and until we carry on with the Champions League we have around about 30 games, so hopefully we are all healthy and can  bring a proper formation for these games.’

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Jurgen Klopp reveals which Liverpool star left him speechless in win over Napoli

Alisson made a stunning late save to put Liverpool into the last 16 (Picture: Getty)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his side’s superb performance against Napoli on Tuesday night and says goalkeeper Alisson even left him speechless.

The Brazilian, who was briefly the most expensive goalkeeper ever when he moved from Roma to Anfield, was required to make a number of important stops and none more so than to deny Arkadiusz Milik in stoppage time.

Liverpool held a 1-0 lead as time ran out, enough to progress to the next round of the Champions League, though a single goal for Napoli would have put the Italians through.

Liverpool have progressed to the knockout stages as group runners-up (Picture: Getty)And Alisson repaid the massive fee Liverpool spent on him with a stunning stop to deny Milik, who was just a few yards out from goal, leaving even the usually talkative Klopp lost for words.

‘The goal Mo scored: what a goal. Unbelievable. And the save Ali made: I have no words for that,’ said the German at his post-match press conference.

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Alisson makes a HUGE save to deny Napoli in stoppage time!
Virgil van Dijk’s reaction says it all 🙌 pic.twitter.com/IL5RlniPvM
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‘That was of course a life-saver tonight. I’m really proud of what the boys did tonight.’

He continued: ‘It was not only one save. He had a lot of things to do tonight. How cool and calm he was with the ball, helps us a lot in our build-up situation, when he comes out for crosses he’s outstanding.

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‘And yes that save was just incredible, but if we don’t defend the whole pitch today, Ali cannot make 20 saves like the last one. But he did it. Incredible. Unbelievable. I’ve never seen something similar. But still he needs the other boys around.’

Liverpool could have killed off the match far sooner having ripped though Napoli’s defence and created chance after chance, and Klopp was delighted with the improvement compared to their last meeting.

Klopp was thrilled with his side’s performance against Napoli (Picture: Getty)‘Everything changed in the game today,’ he continued. ‘I said in a meeting before the game tonight, if the first game was good for anything then they cannot have an idea of who we are really. Because that was not us in Napoli. That was somebody else.

‘We could have made a six-hour meeting of that game – because we made so many mistakes – or we ignore it. We decided to ignore it actually and it gave the boys the chance to do better in the next game. So tonight we did everything we had to do and the boys played an outstanding game.’

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What Jurgen Klopp has said about Liverpool transfer target Pascal Gross

Pascal Gross has emerged as a reported Liverpool January transfer target (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are considering a £15million January bid for Brighton playmaker Pascal Gross, according to reports.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently top of the table following an unbeaten start to their campaign and are two points clear of Manchester City after the champions tasted defeat for the first time this season at Chelsea on Saturday.

Despite their impressive form, Klopp has been forced to field questions in recent weeks about the composition of his midfield, amid suggestions the likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum do not offer enough creativity.

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Gross enjoyed a spectacular debut Premier League campaign with Brighton, registering eight assists and scoring seven goals as Chris Hughton’s side comfortably avoided relegation.

The former Ingolstadt playmaker has found the going tougher this time around and suffered an injury in September which ruled him out for six weeks.

He is yet to return to the form he regularly displayed last term at the Falmer Stadium which drew plaudits from Klopp nearly 12 months ago.

Liverpool’s midfield has been accused of lacking creativity this season (Picture: Getty)Klopp said: ‘I have known him since he was a kid. He is a fantastic player that has made another big step physical wise.

‘He has a nice right foot, is good at set-pieces and a nice shooter. He is a smart player and I like him.’

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Manchester United and Liverpool wanted to sign Jorginho ahead of Chelsea

Jorginho was wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer (AMA/Getty Images)Manchester United and Liverpool wanted to sign Jorginho before the midfielder joined Chelsea, according to the player’s agent.

Jorginho joined Chelsea in a £57 million deal from Napoli in the summer but the Italy international had attracted interest from several clubs around Europe.

But the 26-year-old was keep to link back up with Maurizio Sarri after thriving in his system at Napoli.

‘There had been calls from Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea,’ Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos told ESPN Brasil.

‘In a way, all the great English clubs saw Jorginho because he was already in the Italian team.

Jorginho has already become a key part of Chelsea’s system (Getty Images)‘From this, they came for him and he went to Chelsea based on an agreement with Napoli.

‘Jorginho still had two years of contract and the last word was from Napoli.

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‘In that moment, the best deal for Napoli was Chelsea.

‘It was not only the financial proposal, but also the power and the will of Napoli weighed heavily, who did not want to sell him because they would have to invest a lot to get a replacement.

‘It would not be an immediate replacement.’

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Liverpool vs Napoli TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, odds and team news

Mohamed Salah was in fine form on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool have it all to do against Napoli on Tuesday night in the Champions League a they face the prospect of exiting the tournament at the group stages.

The Reds have their destiny in their own hands, knowing that a 1-0 win, or a victory by two goals if the Italians score, will be enough to see them through.

Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions for Liverpool v Napoli and Barcelona v SpursHowever, they lost in the away fixture against Napoli and the Serie A side are unbeaten in 12, so this is no easy task.

PSG take on Red Star knowing that a victory will see them through, but if the Parisians drop points then any victory for Liverpool would be enough to progress.

Carlo Ancelotti can scupper Liverpool’s Champions League dreams (Picture: Getty Images)When is Liverpool vs Napoli?

The match is on Tuesday 11 December with kick-off at 8pm at Anfield.

What TV channel is Liverpool vs Napoli on and is there a live stream?

BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

Subscribers can stream the contest on BT Sport Player or watch on the BT Sport app.

The pressure is on Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday night (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

13/20 Liverpool

10/3 Draw

9/2 Napoli

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Team news

Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain sidelined, while Dejan Lovren faces a late fitness test.

However, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana are available to Jurgen Klopp.

Napoli remain without Vlad Chiriches and Simone Verdi.

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What do Liverpool need to do to qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages?

Jurgen Klopp needs a specific type of win on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool have their Champions League fate in their own hands on Tuesday night, but they will likely need a specific kind of win to see them through to the knockout stages.

The Reds have picked up six points from their five games and sit third in Group C heading into the final round of fixtures.

Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions for Liverpool v Napoli and Barcelona v SpursNapoli are top of the group on nine points and PSG second on eight. Red Star are out of the question in last place on four points.

Crucially, the group tiebreakers are done by head-to-head results between the level teams, then by goal difference in head-to-head matches.

This is followed by goals scored in head-to-head matches, and then away goals in those games.

Lorenzo Insigne scored the only goal of the game when Napoli beat Liverpool in their first meeting (Picture: Getty Images)So what does this mean for Liverpool?

Liverpool need to win and the Reds will advance if they beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals if the Italians score.

Should PSG lose or draw, Liverpool will qualify with any win. PSG are through if they win, while Napoli just need a point to advance.

Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick at the weekend against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty Images)Napoli are no easy task and have not lost in their last 12 games in all competitions.

Their last defeat was away to Juventus in Serie A and PSG have failed to beat them in two attempts – drawing twice.

Liverpool are coming into the game on a three-game winning streak, scoring eight and conceding just one in that time.

The bookies fancy Liverpool to win the game, with Betfair offering just 13/20 on a Reds victory. However, they are not convinced that will be enough as Napoli remain just 8/13 to qualify from Group C.

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Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions for Liverpool v Napoli and Barcelona v Tottenham

It’s the day of destiny for Spurs and Liverpool in the Champions League (Picture: Metro / Getty)It’s the last set of fixtures in the Group Stages of the Champions League and Michael Owen believes it will be a mixed set of results for our Premier League sides.

Once again our Brand Ambassador shared his thoughts on all the midweek action with BetVictor.

Barcelona vs Tottenham

Lionel Messi was in sensational form against Spurs at Wembley earlier in the competition (Picture: Getty)Since the start of the 1975/76 season Barcelona have lost just one of their 30 home European ties against English sides (Liverpool 1-2 2007) but Spurs must equal, at worst, Inter’s result (H PSV) if they are to qualify for the knockout stages.

Mauricio Pochettino rested Harry Kane at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, but the England skipper will be restored to the starting XI in the Nou Camp. Barcelona could rest some key players given they are already guaranteed to top the group, but I feel they will do enough to take a point against the Premier League outfit.

Michael’s prediction: Barcelona 1 – 1 Tottenham

Liverpool vs Napoli

Mohamed Salah was back to his best at the weekend (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have lost each of their away games in the Champions League this term but will still qualify for the knockout stages if they beat Napoli at Anfield 1-0 or by two goals or more granted PSG win at Crvena Zvezda.

Both sides warmed up for this massive tie with 4-0 wins at the weekend, but I feel the Reds will win what promises to be another wonderful European occasion at Anfield.

The Reds are unbeaten in 18 successive European home ties while Napoli have not won any of their last six away ties in the competition. It promises to be tense and one vital goal might be enough for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Michael’s prediction: Liverpool 1 – 0 Napoli

Manchester City vs 1899 Hoffenheim

Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their first Premier League defeat of the season (Picture: Getty)City have lost three of their four home Champions League ties in 2018 but I expect Pep Guardiola’s side to bounce back after losing their unbeaten Premier League record at Chelsea on Saturday.

City need a point to top the Group while Hoffenheim have yet to win away from home in Europe (D3 L3). City to get back to winning ways.

Michael’s prediction: Manchester City 2 – 0 1899 Hoffenheim

Valencia vs Manchester United

Paul Pogba is likely to start against Valencia having been benched at the weekend (Picture: Getty)Valencia have failed to score in six of their last eight CL ties, but I feel the La Liga side can win in the Mestalla although United can still, mathematically, top the group if they win in Spain and Juventus fail to do so in Switzerland against Young Boys.

United are guaranteed a place in next Monday’s draw for the last 16 and have won their two previous away games in the competition so far this season. They were, arguably, fortunate to win in Turin, however, and I feel Valencia will end their CL campaign with a win before embarking on a Europa league challenge in 2019.

Michael’s prediction: Valencia 2 – 0 Manchester United

Michael’s midweek Champions League treble: Liverpool, Manchester City and Valencia at 9/2

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Dries Mertens aims dig at Liverpool ahead of crucial Champions League clash with Napoli

Dries Mertens and Napoli could dump Liverpool out of the Champions League on Tuesday (AFP/Getty Images)Dries Mertens admits he wasn’t impressed by the atmosphere at Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s crucial Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday evening.

Liverpool must get a positive result at Anfield to stand any chance of reaching the knockout phase but if Paris Saint-Germain beat Red Star Belgrade, Jurgen Klopp’s side will need a 1-0 victory or a win by two clear goals or more.

Napoli currently top Group C and have the advantage over Liverpool having already beaten them in Naples.

Mertens, meanwhile, will visit Anfield for the second time in his career after he played there eight years ago with Utrecht in a Europa League fixture.

And the Belgium international claims he was not blown away by the Anfield atmosphere or the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign in the tunnel.

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‘My strongest memory is that they have a sign saying ‘This is Anfield’ and everyone was talking about it, so I was thinking it’s very big, you know,’ Mertens told The Times.

‘I came through the tunnel and I asked, ‘Where is the thing?’ and they said you missed it and I hadn’t noticed it.

‘So, in the second half, I’m looking at this small thing and asking, ‘Is this so special?’’

And when asked if he felt a special atmosphere when he played at Anfield, Mertens replied: ‘They had a special price for children, so maybe not.’

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Alisson has made Liverpool ‘genuine’ Premier League title contenders, says Gary Neville

Alisson replaced Loris Karius as Liverpool’s number one in the summer (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Alisson has made Liverpool ‘genuine’ candidates for the title this season.

Alisson, 26, joined from Roma for a then world-record fee of £65million in the summer and has been an instant hit on Merseyside, becoming the first ever Liverpool player to remain unbeaten after their first 16 Premier League matches.

The Brazilian has conceded only six goals in the English top flight since his debut and his contribution has helped the Reds leapfrog Manchester City at the top of the table.

Neville hailed Alisson’s impact and believes the goalkeeper has been more influential than Virgil van Dijk.

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Speaking about Liverpool on Monday Night Football, Neville said: ‘Alisson has saved Liverpool on numerous occasion this season; earned them big points.

‘Great goalkeepers win you point after point after point after point. You don’t always notice it. So is Van Dijk the biggest impact on that team? No it’s not.

Alisson is expected to start against Napoli on Tuesday evening (Picture: Getty)‘Look at the stats: 86 per cent save ratio – the highest in the league. Last season it was 64 per cent (ranked 19th).

‘Yes, the two young lads alongside Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are fantastic – and I love watching them play.

‘But for me it’s the goalkeeper [Alisson] who has made all the difference and makes them genuine contenders.’

Gary Neville believes Alisson has turned Liverpool into title contenders (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp praised Alisson’s attitude following Liverpool’s 3-1 victory away to Burnley.

‘The best thing is not talking about a goalkeeper – that means he is without any mistakes, but after the last game… again, he had a big, big part in the game,’ Klopp said.

‘After the game, I think everybody saw the goal Burnley scored should have been disallowed. It was a difficult decision, especially the offside.

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‘That’s how it is. It’s the view of the ref or the assistant, in this case. But it was offside. Then he [had] both hands on the ball. That’s one thing.

‘The other thing is, he stayed in the game and when we were 2-1 up made a brilliant save.

‘And with the next ball, that’s his attitude – he doesn’t stand on his line or wait, he goes out and catches it, then counter-attack. That’s a really exciting package the boy delivers and it helped us a lot, of course.’

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