Premier League champions Liverpool advance to UEFA Champions League Knockout Stages! Yes, you read that right! To know more details about their game, read on!
W88 is here to share with you that… Liverpool came out victorious in their hosting of Dutch club Ajax in Anfield. Liverpool secures the first spot to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for group D as they beat the Ajax, 1-0.
The Reds already has 4 wins and a loss in their 5 outings in the group stages. Liverpool’s lone goal in the match was made in the 58-minute mark by Curtis Jones, who was assisted from a cross by Neco Williams.
The goal was Jones’ first goal in the Champions League. Earlier in the match, Jones also looked to score but his attempt hit the post.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana misjudged the cross that led to Liverpool’s only goal of the match. Ajax came close to tying or even winning the game as they gave the Reds a had time all throughout the game.
Davy Klaasen, a former Everton player, botched a well-orchestrated open attack from Ajax. Neres’ also wasted an opportunity as his attack at the 57-minute mark ended up hitting the woodwork.
Meanwhile, attacks from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Noussair Mazraoui were both stopped by Reds’ goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
Irish player Kelleher started in the game as first-choice goalkeeper Alisson was out of action due to a hamstring injury. Kelleher made a stellar performance with his defense that kept Ajax at bay.
His exceptional outing in the Champions League was well-received by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who went straight to him after the final whistle sounded. The future of Spanish goalkeeper Adrian is now being questioned by some people after he was omitted from the starting 11 for the fixture.
The win already secured the first spot for the Reds in Group D and will face Danish club Midtjylland in Denmark on December 9 for their final match, a dead rubber, in the group stages.
Liverpool looks the battle Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. Meanwhile, the Reds will host Wolverhampton in Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday, December 6.
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