Liverpool, Spurs clinch Champions League knockout spots


MOHAMED SALAH'S 35TH goal in 38 Anfield appearances was enough for Liverpool to seal a Uefa Champions League knockout spot after defeating Napoli 1-0 at Anfield on Tuesday evening.

It is why Liverpool have enjoyed the best start to a season in their history and are top of table by a point from defending champions Manchester City.

"It's clear that if the best player in the world is not in your team, you will miss him".

But Owen is a fan, saying on BT Sport: "I think the manager has to take some of the blame - the system, the way he plays".

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Salah is the first Arab player who garnered the BBC Best African Player award for two years in a row, and the second African player to garner the award for two consecutive years after Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha in 2003 and 2004. We have to continue with the right mentality, the physicality stronger again - I think that's coming back to where we want to be - and the tempo of the side and the energy.

While the 33-year-old Portuguese star has opened his account strong in Italy, he has also set a shocking personal record in the Champions League when it comes to scoring.

Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool's only goal of the night in the first half; but the Reds were nearly punished for missing a number of fine chances. "We won the game, we're through to the next round and that's just the next step for us", he said.

Despite the success, Van Dijk warned his team they still had a lot of work to do this season.

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"If you find some player, look what happened to different players that arrived in January last season".

One season goes well, one season a little bit more hard.

"Tottenham are having a fine start to the season, they had a great result the other night".

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