Mohamed Salah scored a solo goal and goalkeeper Alisson Becker produced a crucial late save as Liverpool beat Napoli 1-0 to clinch a place in the Champions League’s knockout stage at the expense of the Italian side on Tuesday.

Salah shrugged off one defender, drifted past another with a superb feint, and delivered a low finish inside the near post from an acute angle for the winning goal in the 34th minute.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, left, and Napoli defender Mario Rui challenge for the ball during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, left, and Napoli defender Mario Rui challenge for the ball during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Liverpool came into the game knowing a 1-0 victory, or any other win by a two-goal margin, would guarantee a spot in the round of 16 as the English team looks to go one better than last season, when it lost in the final to Real Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain, which won 4-1 at Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday, advanced as Group C winner, and Napoli had to settle for third place and dropping into the Europa League for the second straight season.

Napoli defender Raul Albiol reacts during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Napoli defender Raul Albiol reacts during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

It would have been Liverpool missing out had Alisson not produced a reflex save to deny Arkadiusz Milik in the second minute of stoppage time.

Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp shouts during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp shouts during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

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Source: The Associated Press

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