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UCL: Nunez, Salah Secure Win For Liverpool, Napoli Top Group

UCL: Nunez, Salah Secure Win For Liverpool, Napoli Top Group

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Liverpool ended Napoli's 21-game unbeaten run but a 2-0 win on Tuesday was not enough to dislodge the Italians from the top spot in Champions League Group A.

Both sides were already guaranteed their places in the last 16, but Jurgen Klopp's men again shrugged off their Premier League problems on a European night at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah forced the ball over the line after Alex Meret just kept out Darwin Nunez's header five minutes from time.

Nunez then added a second with the last kick of the game to secure a fifth consecutive Champions League win for Liverpool since losing 4-1 to Napoli in September.

The comprehensive margin of that win meant Luciano Spalletti just needed to avoid defeat by a four-goal margin to secure the top spot.

"I had the feeling my team was kind of slowing down, knowing we had that margin," said Spalletti.

"Then they did well to take their chances in the end."

Liverpool never looked like inflicting that sort of damage despite naming a stronger-than-expected line-up with a trip to Tottenham to come in the Premier League on Sunday.

But they did manage to end Napoli's club record run of 13 straight wins and keep the free-scoring Italians scoreless for just the second time this season.

The Reds were beaten at home in the Premier League in front of a crowd for the first time in over five years in a 2-1 defeat to Leeds on Saturday.

"We showed a really good reaction," said Klopp.

"Being compact makes all the difference. All of a sudden we make challenges in the right places, and all of a sudden we are difficult to play against.

"I think if you see what Napoli is able to do in the moment, it was a really good game for us."

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