Liverpool went into the match without their first-choice goalkeeper Alisson, their most reliable center-back, Virgil van Dijk, and their new midfield sensation Thiago Alcantara who are all out with different degrees of injuries.
The coach of the club, Jurgen Klopp had to find a way to get the needed victory away from home; but his tactics did not aid his front three – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohammed Salah to score a goal.
From the start of the game, Liverpool looked more like a team that came to the Amsterdam arena to lose because of the number of goalscoring chances Ajax had. But that didn’t happen; instead, the table turned in the 35th minute when Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico sliced in Mane’s cross to become the second Ajax’s player to score an own goal in a Champions League match after Vurnon Anita. That marked the first and the last time Liverpool’s effort to score went past André Onana, Ajax’s goalkeeper.
Since Liverpool couldn’t score any goal after the own goal, Jurgen Klopp decided to defend the one-goal advantage by substituting his three frontlines, and the Premier League team was able to manage the lead until the end of the match.
“It was good enough to win the game. That’s what you need”, Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport after the match.
“I think both teams could play better football. At moments it was wild. The pitch was deep and muddy. Three days ago it looked completely different and in training yesterday it looked different.
“But we did not take our chances which was a shame. Ajax had a big one that hit the post. When you’re 1-0 up, these things can happen. But overall I’m happy with the game. It was not sunshine football but we wanted three points and we got it.”
Like Liverpool, Manchester City won, Sergio Aguero, hit a Milestone
Just like Liverpool, Manchester City was involved in their first Champions League group match against FC Porto on Wednesday night, and that marked the return of their Argentine football icon Sergio Aguero.
Aguero has been out of football before the end of the 2019-2020 football season due to a knee injury. On Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola, the manager of Man City, decided to start him and the 32-year-old striker had the opportunity to score his 40th goal in the Champions League match which ended 3-1 in favor of Manchester City.
Aguero got this chance from the spot-kick against Porto, City’s visitors at the Etihad Stadium last night. The goal made it 5 times that the Argentine striker has scored in the Champions League for Manchester City.
Before he joined Manchester City in July 2011 from Atletico Madrid, Aguero had already scored 35 goals in the Champions League for the Spanish club but was not able to maintain such momentum at City. As it stands, Aguero is the 14th player in the history of football to score 40 goals in the Champions League which is a milestone that qualifies him as one of the greatest strikers in the competition.