(Ajax-Liverpool 0-1) Liverpool impressed the few in their first match without knee injury Virgil van Dijk. But an own goal in the first half ensured victory in the first group match in the Champions League.
In the 2018/2019 season
, while Ajax reached the semi-finals (lost to Tottenham). Now they are in the same group in the group game. And Liverpool probably want “revenge” in the tournament after they lost to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the last 16.
And after 36 minutes, Liverpool got help in the first group match, when Ajax player NicoTagliafico put the ball in his own goal with his left foot, after Mane hit hard and low in front of goal.
Fabinho delivered as the match winner for Liverpool after 44 minutes, when he saved the shot from Tadic on the line. Huge chance for the home team and solid defensive work by Fabinho.
For Liverpool must manage without the world’s best midfielder, Virgil van Dijk, after he suffered a knee injury when he was tackled by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford last weekend. Van Dijk needs surgery. Without him, Fabinho and Gomez were the stopper pair for the visitors.
Fabinho talked about missing Virgil van Dijk after the match.
– When I understood that Virgil was out for a long time, it was a shock. He is a leader. In the locker room, he always ensures a good atmosphere. Now we have to win for him, says Fabinho about Virgil van Dijk during Viasat’s broadcast.
He gives Ajax good words after the match.
– We play against a good team. They always try to play good football. It was good to keep a clean sheet for us, and to win the match, says Fabinho to Viasat.
And before you had time to catch your breath after a change of sides, Klaassen thundered and put the ball in the post. The ball got an almost perfect screw. Liverpool had 53 percent ball possession and 12 finishes against Ajax ’11 at Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp talked about the huge match program with matches almost every third day.
– This team is not as big as it was a few weeks ago. We have to fight with what we have, and that is what we do. There was a lot we could have done better today, but at the moment I do not care about that, says Klopp to Viasat.