Ajax was about to take a more than hard-fought point to Amsterdam, but in the final minute the match against Liverpool went wrong. Liverpool – Ajax: 2-1.
Just like against Rangers FC and the past league games, trainer Alfred Schreuder chose Mohammed Kudus as the deepest striker. That was at the expense of Brian Brobbey, while Davy Klaassen did not play either. Virgil van Dijk had a base near Liverpool. Based on Liverpools recent results, Ajax might have a chance, but instead, Schreuders team wasnt itself for a long time.
Liverpool pushed Ajax back early and therefore got the first chance of the match. Ajax had trouble playing football and quickly found himself in the oppression. Liverpools goal was a logical consequence. Jurriën Timber lost a head match, after which Daley Blind, who already seemed to be taking into account a counterattack, was unable to catch up with the fast Mohammed Salah: he made 1-0 at Anfield.
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Ajax reached the same level ten minutes after Salahs goal, but that happened after Luis Díaz lost a big chance of 2-0. The Colombian failed in a promising position. Kudus did not do that. After a good run by Blind, Steven Berghuis was able to pass the ball to Kudus, who didnt think and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson passed with a hard shot. The fact that Ajax had not fallen behind before the break was partly due to Remko Pasveer. The 38-year-old veteran had to rescue several times to neutralize danger. An almost unrecognisable Liverpool was master and master for its own audience.
In the second half, quite the same game took place: Liverpool attacked, Ajax had a hard time and was in survival mode. Although it could have gotten ahead shortly after the break if a counter had been played out a little more carefully. An advantage from Ajax would also have been undeserved in that phase. If a team should have scored, it was Liverpool. Ajax did not get a grip on it and was getting into trouble time and time again, but also did that to itself by being sloppy in possession of the ball.
Although Ajax was in danger of being overrun, it did get that chance that a team always gets. With fifteen minutes left on the click, the emerging Blind failed to head 1-2 against everyones expectations in Ajax. It was the biggest chance that the Amsterdammers got in the game at all. The problems with Timbers shoes gave Ajax some time to catch his breath. This was also necessary, because the pace at which Liverpool played remained unabated and the players of Ajax were physically getting harder and harder.
With a few minutes left on the clock, Liverpool got two huge chances to force Ajax to its knees after all. First, substitute Darwin Nuñez missed up close, then Diogo Jota, but things still went wrong for Ajax. Liverpools tenth corner was copied by Joël Matip. That was right, because if one team deserved to win, it was Liverpool.