Liverpool produced a thoroughly impressive display to breeze past Ajax 3-0 at the Johan Cruijff Arena and seal their spot in the Champions League knockout stages. Jurgen Klopp’s
side were under pressure for the first half an hour of play but took control of the tie after goals from Mohamed Salah,
Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott clinched a memorable victory in Amsterdam.
Mohamed Salah gave the Reds the lead against the run of play after 35 minutes,
smartly dinking over Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer,
who was way off his line and made a questionable decision to come out.
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Darwin Nunez was guilty of a shocking miss just before the break but made amends with a pinpoint header to double their advantage,
before Harvey Elliott made sure of the win on 52 minutes.
Express Sport looks at five things we learned as Klopp’s men secured their spot in the last-16 knockout round.
Salah leads the way
When he is in the mood,
there are few players in Europe more influential than Salah. Ajax would have been furious that he was allowed to ghost in unmarked behind Calvin Bassey to lob Pasveer
and they were suitably punished with an incisive finish. Then the Egyptian turned provider with an excellent through pass to set Elliott through on goal and the 19-year-old produced a thumping finish to make sure of their win.
After scoring his sixth goal in five Champions League appearances this season and four games in a row,
Salah is now just one goal away from equalling Steven Gerrard’s European record
– and few would wager against the talisman reaching that milestone before the competition concludes for this season.
Liverpool reached the Champions League knockouts and sent Ajax crashing out at the group stage with a clinical victory in Amsterdam.
Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott were all on target within a 10-minute spell either side of half-time,
and it gives Liverpool an outside chance of leapfrogging Group A leaders Napoli next week.
Liverpool qualified for the Champions League last 16 after defeating Ajax 3-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah,
Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott.
Having had their woodwork rattled early on by Steven Berghuis,
the Reds went ahead in the 42nd minute via Salah’s finish. The fit-again Nunez hit a post soon after,
before extending the visitors’ lead with a 49th-minute header.
Elliott then added a fine strike three minutes later as Jurgen Klopp’s men,
for whom a draw would have been sufficient to join Group A leaders Napoli in the next round, returned to winning ways four days on from the shock 1-0 Premier League loss at Nottingham Forest.
They next play Leeds at Anfield on Saturday evening, before wrapping up their Group A matches on Tuesday by hosting Napoli, who they are three points behind and lost 4-1 to in their European campaign opener.