Liverpool are through to the Champions League last 16 after a nerve-shredding 1-0 victory over Napoli at Anfield.
The Reds needed either that precise scoreline or a two-goal win, which meant huge emphasis on being near-perfect at both ends of the pitch.
But the Anfield crowd spurred on the Reds to get over the finish line, albeit with a hugely nervewracking moment late on.
Jurgen Klopp had a big decision to make in midfield in particular—and the boss opted for his Champions League final trio, with Jordan Henderson and James Milner both getting the nod ahead of Naby Keita and Fabinho.
Anfield was predictably rocking for the big occasion, with the Liverpool fans knowing only a win would do, either 1-0 or by two goals.
The players came out to a big reception and the early exchanges were played out to a cracking atmosphere.
Liverpool’s industrious midfield was on full show as the Reds dominated early on, getting quickly into tackles and trying to keep Napoli pressed back in their own half.
However, one early challenge—which initially seemed perfectly timed—resulted in a contentious yellow card given to Virgil van Dijk.
Opinion was split on whether it was a foul, a booking or even a red, as Van Dijk cleanly won the ball but caught Lorenzo Insigne on the follow through.
The Reds passed up the odd chance early on and even had a Sadio Mane strike ruled out for offside—but Mohamed Salah had the metaphorical roof raised off Anfield when he turned brilliantly and fired in the first goal.
A succession of missed chances from the Reds thereafter meant it became a nail-biting second half, with fans clearly feeling the tension as the match wore on.
And Napoli of course got their one big chance to equalise after Mane missed several golden chances—but Alisson Becker made a simply enormous save.
With that incredible stop, the Reds saw out the remaining minute or so and will be in the round of 16 in the new year.