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.

WHAT. A. SAVE! 😳👏
Alisson makes a HUGE save to deny Napoli in stoppage time!
Virgil van Dijk’s reaction says it all 🙌 pic.twitter.com/IL5RlniPvM
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 11, 2018

‘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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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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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ‘not surprised’ at alleged racial abuse towards Man City’s Raheem Sterling

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is ‘not surprised’ at the alleged racial abuse directed at Raheem Sterling during Manchester City’s defeat against Chelsea.

England international Sterling has told police he was racially abused at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

He informed members of the Metropolitan Police that he heard racist insults and other foul language as he went to retrieve a ball that had gone out of play during the 2-0 loss.

Cameras picked up several home supporters screaming at Sterling and the disturbing video has been shared by the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Patrice Evra.

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Klopp says the incident did not surprise him and that the culprits must be punished. He also hailed Sterling as ‘brilliant’ for not reacting to the abuse.

The Liverpool manager said: ‘I watched the game and I saw him pick the ball up and then I saw the guys shouting.

‘I thought his reaction was just brilliant. Looking at his face, he gave the right response. They don’t warrant any reaction or respect.

‘I’m not surprised about it. It won’t stop just because we talk about it. But I like that they put the finger on it. You cannot say whatever you want.

(Picture: Instagram)‘There needs to be punishments. They need to get punished. What I like is that 95 per cent are not like this.

‘Yes, punish them, but don’t talk too much about them because they don’t deserve it.’

In the aftermath of the incident Sterling, who played for Liverpool before joining Manchester City in 2015, said newspapers were helping to ‘fuel racism’ by the way they portray young black footballers.

‘All I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance,’ the Premier League winner said.

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Joe Gomez speaks out on signing new Liverpool contract and his ‘devastating’ injury

Joe Gomez has signed a new contract at Anfield (Picture: Liverpool FC)Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The England international has committed his future to the Reds by extending his three-and-a-half-year stay with the club.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: ‘Signing this new deal means the world to me.

‘I’ve been at the club a few years now and have had the pleasure to play for Liverpool and experience what that means, so I am delighted to get the chance to extend my contract here.

‘I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and I am happy for that to continue.’

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Having shown glimpses of his immense potential for Charlton Athletic, Gomez was signed by Liverpool in 2015 and has since played over 50 games for the Premier League club.

‘There have been a lot of highs and lows, it’s my fourth season now and every one has been different,’ Gomez added.

‘Obviously I would like to have had a few less setbacks along the way, but it has all been part of my journey – one that I have loved and embraced. I have learned so much.

‘There have been good times on the pitch as well. Hopefully that can continue.

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‘I am learning under a great manager and great coaching staff and have all the tools around me to keep progressing and learning. I am looking forward to it.’

The England defender has been ruled out for around six weeks due to the lower left leg fracture he sustained during the win at Burnley.

But he is confident he will soon be back in the fold at Anfield to help Liverpool’s Premier League title push.

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‘Obviously I am devastated with the timing of it,’ he said. ‘You never want to get injured.

‘I’ve been here a few years and I am still young, but it’s something I’m used to and I am capable of dealing with setbacks like this. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

‘You never want to be injured, as a player you always want to play. It will be tough for me sitting out for a while, but I will do everything I can to get back better and stronger.’

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Jamie Redknapp warns Jurgen Klopp about a major threat to Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp has warned Jurgen Klopp that dropping into the Europa League could derail Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes.

The Reds must beat Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday evening to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Klopp’s side overtook Manchester City at the top of the Premier League this weekend after maintaining their unbeaten league run with a 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth.

City were also unbeaten ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures but lost 2-0 at Chelsea.

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Redknapp sees Liverpool as genuine title contenders but fears their domestic push could be derailed if they enter the demanding and gruelling Europa League.

‘Tuesday night is Liverpool’s biggest game of the season,’ the former England international told the Daily Mail.

‘Their result against Napoli will have a huge say on whether they can win the Premier League.

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‘Qualify for the Champions League knockout stage and they go into Sunday’s Anfield showdown with bitter rivals Manchester United with incredible momentum.

‘Failing to make it through would not only be a significant blow to their confidence but could also mean they are playing Europa League football.

‘Playing on Thursday then Sunday is gruelling and it means you are more likely to have to play catch-up in the Premier League. It would threaten to derail their title push.’

Redknapp added: ‘Despite making their best start to a top-flight season, Liverpool are still only a point clear at the top.

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‘Manchester City may have lost to Chelsea but that result makes them no less formidable.

‘I cannot see them making many more slip-ups, especially when Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne return to fitness.

‘Since their last league championship in 1990, Liverpool have never looked better equipped to win the title.’

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Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on Joel Matip after Liverpool thrash Bournemouth

Matip played for Schalke before joining Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on central defender Joel Matip after his performance in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah bagged a hat-trick while a Steve Cook own goal also contributed to the scoreline, but the German manager was keen to highlight the defensive strengths of his team.

But he didn’t choose to heap praise individually on Virgil Van Dijk or Alisson Becker, but Matip instead.

‘I could write a book about Virgil’s strengths and about Alisson’s strengths, but look what Joel Matip did today,’ Klopp said.

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Salah didn’t celebrate any of his three goals vs Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)‘How good he was, and he has absolutely no rhythm. He trains on the highest level and he’s not even in the squad sometimes.’

Matip has made just nine appearances this season, with five of those coming from the substitutes bench.

However, more impressive performances like the one he put in at the Vitality Stadium could see him become more of a regular in the Liverpool defence.

The Reds’ next game is against Napoli, with the Anfield club requiring a victory to ensure their qualification to the last 16 of the competition.

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Jurgen Klopp explains why James Milner is playing right-back for Liverpool against Bournemouth

James Milner has been selected at right-back for Liverpool against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp insists he is confident James Milner will have no problem in adapting to the role of right-back as Liverpool aim to protect their unbeaten start the Premier League season at Bournemouth on Saturday.

The former England international has starred at the heart of Klopp’s midfield engine room this season but with Trent Alexander-Arnold rested and Joe Gomez set to miss the next six weeks through injury, Milner has been deployed in a more defensive role this afternoon.

Milner, who is set to make his 500th Premier League appearance, played regularly at left-back during the early part of his Liverpool career, before the emergence of Andrew Robertson, and Klopp is confident the 32-year-old will be able to cope with Bournemouth’s speedy attackers.

James Milner is making his 500th Premier League appearance (Picture: Getty)

500 – James Milner will make his 500th Premier League appearance in this match, becoming the 13th player to reach this landmark. He is the 2nd youngest to do so aged 32y 338d, behind only Gareth Barry (32y 219d). Milestone. #BOULIV pic.twitter.com/8TVUcIrcoB
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 8, 2018

‘Oh, it was no problem, he would have played goalkeeper for number 500, he was very open,’ Klopp told Sky Sports.

‘We need to be flexible all of us in this period, different positions and different jobs to do in a game.

‘It’s only slightly different, Milly knows that from his time on the left-back. We are an offensively orientated team that means he will be often in a comfortable area.

‘With is experience against Bournemouth you need all the defensive skills. Fraser, Brooks or Stanislas, whoever, they are nice and speedy.’

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