Van Dijk hails ‘classic’ Liverpool performance after Napoli win

Virgil Van Dijk has hailed his side’s performance as Liverpool reached the Champions League knock-out stages with a 1-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday night.

Needing a win to progress, Mohammed Salah’s first-half goal secured their place in the next stage with a 1-0 victory enough to qualify at the Italian sides expense.

Van Dijk was part of an imperious defence, with Alisson Becker producing a wonderful save in stoppage time to deny Arkadiusz Milik and ensure Jurgen Klopp’s side are in the draw for the last-16.

“I think it was a bit of a classic performance. In the Champions League, in the home games we played, we showed our class,” The Holland captain told the press after the game.

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“Big chances, a lot of pressure, a lot of great moments, and today as well. Like I said, they needed one goal so it could fall [apart], but in the end we did well and we got the job done.

“Sometimes you need to be hard with each other too. You have to, when things aren’t going right you need to tell each other, otherwise it’s going to be too easy.

“I think that’s a sign of a good team. When people are shouting at me I take it because they want to make me better and their mistake they take it as well if I shout to them.

“That’s how it is, we’re all grown-ups, we take it and after the game if you’re not happy with it then you discuss it. It is what it is.”

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