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Liverpool vs Ajax 3-0 Win Performers and Spoilers

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Once again, Liverpool’s Egyptian King made all the difference as Jurgen Klopp‘s team defeated Ajax in Amsterdam. The final results were shockingly simple for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. After a spirit-boosting 3-0 victory over Ajax in Amsterdam, the Reds qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League for the sixth consecutive season.

Klopp’s team got off to a strong start in the first half with Mohamed Salah’s precise finish, and they would cruise to victory in the second half thanks to goals from Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott. Steven Berghuis had a chance to score for Ajax in the first three minutes of the game, but Liverpool and Napoli advanced from Group A, thus the Eredivisie winners will have to settle for a spot in the Europa League in 2019.

The top spot is up for grabs when the teams square off at Anfield the following week, however, the Reds would need a victory of at least 3-0 to surpass the Serie A champions. As things stand, they’ll just be content that they have safe passage. They have many wonderful memories associated with this competition, and in 2023 they will have the opportunity to participate fully once more.

The Performing Side:

Mohamed Salah:

Salah once again put on a show in the Champions League. The Egyptian has been crucial to Liverpool’s success in this competition time and time again. This time, he scored the opening goal, set up their third, and generally caused chaos. Three minutes before halftime, after a subdued beginning, Salah erupted, seizing on Jordan Henderson’s exquisite ball to clip a beautiful finish past Remko Pasveer. Four minutes into the second half, Nunez added to their lead with a header before Salah, dropped deep, twisted, and delivered a superb pass-through for Elliott, who scored with his weaker right foot. It’s over. With a goal and an assist, Salah becomes just the third player with an English club in the Champions League to surpass 50 goal contributions.

Andy Robertson:

Liverpool will need their tried-and-trued players to wake up first if they are to play their way out of their recent coma. And, to put it mildly, Robertson’s performance in this instance showed some encouraging indicators. The Scotsman, who has struggled with fitness and form like many of his teammates this year, was the one who set the tone for Klopp’s team in this game by playing with vigor, enthusiasm, and no shortage of talent. Before halftime, it was his pass that set up Firmino’s chance, which Nunez bizarrely mishit against the post, and it was his corner that the Uruguayan headed in just after the interval.

The optimists:

Jurgen Klopp advised supporters to make hotel reservations for Istanbul 2023 in May, just hours after Liverpool lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in Paris. Although his team has struggled since that evening, they have advanced to the round of 16, moving one step closer to the Ataturk Stadium, the site of this year’s championship game and a place with many fond memories for Liverpudlians. Optimists will have, of course, followed Klopp’s advice after Paris, and while the Reds are aware that they must considerably improve if they are to have any hope of success this season, they have at least succeeded in their first objective.

The Losing Side:

Steven Berghuis:

Although Liverpool ultimately lost this game, the outcome might have been drastically different had the first opportunity of the evening been seized. With less than three minutes remaining, it was left to Ajax and Berghuis, the former Watford forward who found himself in a sea of room in the Liverpool penalty area. He had to score, but after taking a touch to gather himself, Berghuis blasted his low effort against Alisson Becker’s left-hand upright, with the ball rebounding to safety, as the Reds defense scrambled. It would end up being expensive because Salah converted Liverpool’s first opportunity 40 minutes later.

Tap-in merchants:

Read Darwin Nunez on Wednesday for Danylo Sikan on Tuesday. What a week for unbelievable Champions League misses! Uncertainty surrounds how Sikan, a forward for Shakhtar Donetsk, misjudged his shot at Celtic Park, but the Ukrainian at least had company in the embarrassing moments as Nunez made his remarkable gaffe here. The Uruguayan had enough time to score after Roberto Firmino laid him off at the far post, but he strangely shot against the post as the goalie was nowhere to be seen. Nunez was fortunate to still be able to score because his side won easily, and he was able to do so.

The Defensive Side:

Alisson Becker: In his 200th game for the Reds, he saw Berghuis rattle his woodwork early and needed Alexander-Arnold to stop Tadic shortly after. The goalkeeper handled his duties with ease.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Early on, he made a lot of unnecessary passes but later on, he made a crucial block to stop Tadic at 0-0 and assisted in Elliott’s goal. Still took a couple of steps back at the far post.

Joe Gomez: I tried to defend on the front foot as much as I could, and I mostly succeeded. Excellent positioning was used.

Virgil van Dijk: Other than a shaky first-half performance against Brobbey, I felt very confident.

Andy Robertson: As the first half went on, grew in importance, and Liverpool looked so much better as a result. Nunez’s goal was the result of a corner, and Ajax was unable to contain his vigor both on and off the ball. Excellent.

Jurgen Klopp experienced some anxiety for the first 40 minutes or so of the game, but his team was clinical in taking advantage of opportunities and putting the contest away, giving him the luxury of saving players’ legs in the final 30 minutes.

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Salman Shaikh
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