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Ajax Amsterdam vs. Liverpool – Soccer Match Report – October 26, 2022

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Liverpool confirmed a spot within the Champions League knockout levels following a commanding 3-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring to notch his sixth Champions League purpose of the season earlier than Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott scored in fast succession early within the second half to make sure the Premier League aspect bounced again from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest, who’re backside of the Premier League desk.

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“The sport began difficult for us as Ajax are an excellent workforce,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated.

“The primary half hour they had been the higher workforce, extra settled than us. Their man marking system is uncomfortable for us. We needed to get used to that — that is regular, it is an away recreation within the Champions League.

“We scored our purpose and that opened issues up. Half-time we had lots of good moments to indicate as properly, and we tried to proceed on that pathway and scored two objectives and managed the sport which is nice. And we’re blissful to undergo to the final 16, nice.”

Jurgen Klopp’s aspect sit second in Group A on 12 factors, three factors beneath Napoli who prolonged their good run with a 3-0 win over Rangers on Wednesday.

Ajax displayed their attacking risk instantly. Steven Berghuis discovered himself with the purpose at his mercy after slack Liverpool defending simply 4 minutes in, however the Dutchman may solely hearth towards the bottom of the submit, a warning signal for Klopp’s aspect.

Liverpool took time to regulate to the tempo of the match, failing to really take a look at goalkeeper Remko Pasveer contained in the opening half-hour.

Regardless of their lack of efforts on purpose, Klopp’s aspect opened the scoring three minutes earlier than half-time. Salah latched onto Jordan Henderson‘s exact flick to chip an effort over the onrushing Pasveer.

Driving their momentum, Liverpool practically doubled their lead instantly afterwards — Roberto Firmino‘s unselfish play teed up Nunez, who in some way fired towards the submit with an open purpose.

Nunez had the half-time break to ponder his poor miss, however he shortly made amends by scoring his second Champions League purpose of the season 4 minutes after the break — changing a more durable probability than the one he earlier spurned.

Andy Robertson‘s outswinging nook was met by the top of Nunez, who nodded his effort in, touching the far submit on its manner.

Three minutes later, Klopp’s aspect prolonged their result in three, with Elliott changing into the primary teenager to attain in consecutive Champions League appearances for Liverpool.

The 19-year-old obtained the ball from Salah within the field earlier than firing an emphatic effort into the roof of the web from an acute angle.

Liverpool’s victory was by no means doubtful after their onslaught of objectives as they managed possession and the circulation of probabilities.

Ajax received six out of six matches final season within the group levels, however have received simply one in every of their matches in Group A this season. On his aspect’s poor run, Dusan Tadic stated: “Final time it was a special group. We modified lots of gamers however this isn’t a purpose to lose lots of video games with this distinction. This recreation ought to go in [a] totally different path if we make objectives — it’d [have] been a completely tough recreation had we finished that.”

Liverpool play their ultimate Champions League group match towards Napoli at Anfield on Nov. 1. They misplaced the reverse fixture 4-1 in September.

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