Kalidou Koulibaly has admitted that Napoli 'feared' Liverpool following their 1-0 loss

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Liverpool scraped through to the knockout stages of the Champions League after Mohamed Salah's solo goal secured a 1-0 win against Napoli at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side rode their luck at times and if it wasn't for a last-ditch save from goalkeeper Alisson, circumstances may have been different.

The Reds started the evening in third position of Group C, three points behind Napoli and had to win by two clear goals or 1-0 - they managed to do the latter.

Napoli appeared a shell of the side that beat Liverpool by the same scoreline at the Stadio San Paolo, when Lorenzo Insigne's strike right at the death silenced travelling fans.

Kalidou Koulibaly - centre back for Gli Azzuri - has been very truthful in his assessment of the Italians defeat and therefore Champions League elimination.

"It was an important game, we knew they had to win," he told Sky Italia, per Mirror Online.

“We could avoid that goal and we should have done more to score one. It went differently, now we will do our best in the Europa League.

“Maybe, unconsciously, we feared Liverpool because we know they are very strong and that it’s not easy to play against them."

Liverpool v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Group C

To use the word fear is almost admirable in a sport where cards are often kept close to your chest after a tough defeat such as this.

“We have a strong team that can beat everyone, and we came close to scoring. A draw was enough, but we lost. It’s just a negative night, we’ll have other positive nights for sure.” Koulibaly added.

Liverpool v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Group C

Koulibaly also gave his reaction on Twitter, the Senegalese defender's tweet was in Italian but can be translated as:

"It is hard to accept but it is in these moments that one must be even more united. Let's get the hell outta here!"

It doesn't seem like he wants to go back to Anfield anytime soon.

Kalidou Koulibaly
Alisson Becker
Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp

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