Liverpool clinched their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League with another 1-0 win over Dutch champions Ajax. Having beaten their Group D rivals by the same scoreline in the Netherlands, Curtis Jones’ goal was enough for the Reds to seal a second win of the group stage and secure a place in the next round, while Atalanta’s draw with Midtjylland means Liverpool have also won their group. Express Sport rates and slates Jurgen Klopp’s side after their victory.
Liverpool player ratings vs Ajax – Champions League
Caoimhin Kelleher – 8
The 22-year-old Irishman looked the part standing in for the injured Alisson. Brilliant late save to deny Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Neco Williams – 6
No Trent Alexander-Arnold but not many full-backs in Europe are. Cross somehow led to Curtis Jones goal.
Joel Matip – 6
Tested by Dussan Tadic but held firm for the most part.
Fabinho – 7
Some important interventions at heart of makeshift Liverpool defence.
Andy Robertson – 7
Ankle was strapped after early collision but the Scotland captain soldiered on in typical fashion.
Curtis Jones – 9
Great finish from tight angle after Andre Onana blunder having hit post early on with dangerous shot.
Jordan Henderson – 6
A little off the pace early on after first start in a while but grew into the match.
Gini Wijnaldum – 5
Ajax’s slick midfield movement caused difficulties for the Dutchman.
Diogo Jota – 5
Ran down too many cul-de-sacs in possession and decision-making was off.
Mohamed Salah – 7
Neat set-up for Jones’ post-shaker and made plenty of good runs but service limited.
Sadio Mane – 7
Pace had Ajax defence on red alert and led to yellow card for Perr Schuurs.
Roberto Firmino (on for Jota min 68) – 6
Should’ve made it 2-0 but denied by Onana after brilliant passage of play.
Rhys Williams (on for Salah min 89) – N/A
Got some minutes late on.
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