Liverpool ground out a pleasing 1-0 win away to Ajax in their Champions League opener on Wednesday night, with the Reds excellent at the back.
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Ajax 0-1 Liverpool
Champions League Group Stage (1), Amsterdam ArenA
October 21, 2020
Goals: Tagliafico OG 35′
Jurgen Klopp‘s side made the trip to Amsterdam to get their group stage campaign underway, in what looked a tricky assignment on paper.
While the Dutch giants may not be the force they were in 2018/19, Erik ten Hag’s team still possessed the quality to hurt Liverpool.
It proved to be a relatively ugly game at the Amsterdam ArenA, but one that saw the Reds dig deep and show their resilience in the absence of Virgil van Dijk.
The only goal of the game came 10 minutes before half-time, with Nicolas Tagliafico diverting the ball into his own net, following a turn and shot from Mane.
In the second half, Liverpool largely sat deep and looked to sting Ajax on the counter-attack – Davy Klaassen hit the post for the Dutch side – and Klopp substituted Salah, Mane and Firmino on the hour.
It is the ideal start to Liverpool’s Group D campaign, taking some pressure off ahead of two matches with the dangerous Atalanta further down the line.