Liverpool secured a final-gasp 2-1 victory over Ajax on Tuesday to kickstart their Champions League marketing campaign this season.
Joel Matip scored within the 89th minute to present Jurgen Klopp’s facet a a lot-wanted win after their 4-1 thrashing by the hands of Napoli final week.
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Mohamed Salah opened the scoring at Anfield however the guests shortly fought again with a effectively-taken Mohammed Kudus strike.
However, Matip’s late header from a nook earned Liverpool their first win within the Champions League this season.
“I had a number of alternatives earlier than, so I used to be completely satisfied that I might rating,” Matip advised BT Sport after the sport. “I wasn’t certain [it was in] to be trustworthy however once I noticed the referee, then the feelings got here out.
“It was a protracted and difficult sport. We have been pushing ahead the entire workforce, defending from the primary second after which it was a cheerful ending for us.”
Liverpool began brightly and took a deserved lead after 17 minutes when Diogo Jota arrange Salah to open the scoring with an in depth-vary end.
The hosts got here near doubling their lead with quickfire possibilities, however Salah, Luis Diaz and Jota did not hit the goal.
Liverpool have been punished for his or her missed possibilities after 27 minutes when Ajax put collectively a high quality transfer which ended with Kudus producing a surprising strike previous Alisson.
The Premier League facet responded effectively from the equalizer however Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer denied Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool continued their dominance within the second half however Ajax restricted them to few clear-minimize possibilities.
With quarter-hour remaining, Ajax caught Liverpool on the break and nearly went forward, however Daley Blind’s shut-vary header missed the goal.
Substitute Darwin Nunez got here shut late on whereas Salah clipped the submit with a deflected effort.
The hosts grabbed the winner from the ensuing nook by way of Matip’s header to earn them a worthwhile victory.
“It was crucial to point out a optimistic response,” Van Dijk advised BT Sport in his postmatch interview. “It’s not simple to show it round, however it’s a step in the suitable course.
“During the sport there have been nice moments. It was crucial to win going into the worldwide break.
“I ought to have scored. We felt harmful within the set-piece, particularly corners, and it was our duty to transform one — fortunately Joel [Matip] did.
“We should not listening to the surface world. A whole lot of ex-soccer gamers, who know what we undergo, they are saying lots to get us down, however we all know the final sport was very unhealthy and this was a step in the suitable course.”