Liverpool 1-0 Ajax | From rags to riches

Morning all, what a fantastic result. Another enjoyable European night in which Ajax played their part, a very good footballing team that I'd happily watch every week. Fortunately we're an even better one.

With a combined 26 shots it was end to end stuff and in stark contrast to our previous game, despite an even more heavily depleted squad, we came out victors. In fact we finished this match with a wealth of riches. Occasionally it's nice to sit back and just enjoy such things, so let's do exactly that.

All our team played well but starting at the back Kelleher was particularly impressive.

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Good distribution, good reactionary saves and exuded confidence. Jurgen should now stick with him until Alisson is back which according to Jurgen may be as little as two weeks - more good news.

Neco Williams had me eat my words about him not being ready for big matches. He was brilliant.

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Far more assured, Neco didn't put a foot wrong all night and even bagged himself an assist. No reason not to afford him plenty of opportunity to build on that. However, in similar good news as with Alisson, it's being reported Alexander-Arnold may be back in training this week and could even return against Wolves this Sunday.

Jones showed once again how good he can be and he's doing so consistently.

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Grabbing himself a very nicely taken goal I would be confident to see his name on the team sheet in any match. The future looks very bright indeed for Jones and in turn ourselves.

In yet more positive news: Henderson and Robertson were fine after the match.


Both players appeared to pick up knocks during the game but were able to play through them and in his press conference Jurgen said they were okay afterwards and it's hopeful there's no lasting effect.

Overall we got everything bob on last night, and by we, I mean Klopp.

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The line-up was a gutsy one, leaving Firmino on the bench and starting both Neco and Jones as well as Kelleher. We had no idea what to expect but we played brilliantly.

Jones and Henderson looked to have been tasked with adding extra protection to our right flank and they did it well. Ajax clearly set out to target that side but were unable to make it count. Neco played his part too, this wasn't him being babysat, it was just a good team performance. Nor did he play things safe, he regularly got up the pitch, contributed to attack and an assist was his and our reward.

I felt we concentrated on solidity and were happier than usual to concede some territory to achieve that. Perhaps pressing a little less than normal we finished with 44% possession. I wouldn't say we parked a bus but with some help from Kelleher we did stop a free scoring team from finding our net.

We looked to play slightly more balls over the top than normal and again that was likely in order to keep a stronger defensive contingent. However, going hand in hand with that our counter attacking was very good and we were unlucky not to score two or three goals more. Full credit to Jurgen for these tweaks and going forward now we should have a renewed confidence.

Last night's result means we've topped our Champions League group with a game to spare which can only be a good thing. It also means we go into the last 16 draw as a seeded team which will see us play one of the other group's second placed teams.

As per above we have several players closing in fast on a return and in Neco, Jones and Kelleher some exciting new talent.

Further great news is Sunday's home game will see 1500 fans return to Anfield.

With empty stadiums and barely half a squad we're top of the Champions League and top of the Premier League. With those matters set to very soon improve, I would say the rest of world football should be afraid, very afraid!

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