Liverpool Hold Firm to Beat Napoli and Make the Last 16
Liverpool ensured that all four Premier League clubs would make the last 16 stage of the Champions League thanks to a 1-0 victory over Napoli at Anfield last night. The 1-0 score line was the only way that Liverpool would go through with a one goal margin, had this been any other one goal margin then Liverpool would have been out. The Italians put the pressure on late, and had they scored then Liverpool would have needed to score two goals to get through, so it was vital they kept a clean sheet, and they did exactly that.
It is the defensive side of Liverpool's play that has been the most impressive this season, and an area where they have really improved. Virgil Van Dijk continues to marshall the defence, not only contributing by himself, but helping others around him to play better, this is a very strong back line that Liverpool have right now. Then we have the goalkeeper Alisson, who made a couple of vitally important saves to keep Liverpool in the Champions League, and fans are sure to remember them for a long time. He certainly earned his money last night, and if that is a sign of things to come from him then is is already paying back large chunks of his hefty price tag.
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After losing in the final last season, Liverpool are looking to go one better this season, and they have plenty of Champions League experience within their team that they can call upon. They are a much better team this season thanks to their defensive improvements, and that is going to give them the chance to challenge for both the Champions League and the Premier League. Liverpool are just 9/1 to win the Champions League, which makes them the second shortest price of the four English clubs that are still involved in the competition. Manchester City are the shortest and they are the 3/1 favourites for success in Europe.