Liverpool 2-1 Ajax: Matip late header puts Liverpool Infront

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Joel Matip’s late header earned Liverpool a 2-1 win over Ajax as their Champions League campaign finally had lift off at Anfield.

Beaten badly by Napoli last week, the scrutiny on Jurgen Klopp’s side looked set to be amplified when Mohammed Kudus cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opener early on. But Matip rose to head home with minutes remaining to win it for Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah’s opener was his first goal in the Champions League since February against Inter, ending his longest goalless drought in the competition (seven games).

Mohammed Kudus equalised with Ajax’s first shot on target of the game.

Remko Pasveer made eight saves in this game. Only Jan Oblak for Atletico Madrid in March 2020 (with nine in a match that included extra-time) has made more saves in a Champions League match at Anfield against Liverpool since the 2003/04 season.

Joel Matip’s winner was his tenth goal for Liverpool in all competitions with the Reds avoiding defeat in all 10 of those matches in which he has scored.

But although further chances fell to Luis Diaz, Jota and Salah, there was a familiar weakness on show too. Kudus’ equaliser came from nowhere in one sense but from an entirely predictable source in another – Liverpool’s right flank again, so often so open.

Such is the trade off with Trent Alexander-Arnold. The right-back was soon showing what he could do at the other end, forcing a double stop from Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer. Virgil van Dijk might have done better with his headers too. The goal just would not come.

Those wasted opportunities almost proved even more costly when Kudus came close to a second goal on the counter-attack after the break before Daley Blind headed just wide of the far post with Alisson beaten. But it was Matip who had the final word.

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