Klopp hails Liverpool for putting in completely different shift against Ajax

This 2-1 win leaves Klopp’s Liverpool joint top of Group A.

Jurgen Klopp was happy that his Liverpool players were able to “put in a completely different shift” to overcome Ajax at Anfield.

After suffering a 4-1 defeat at Napoli, the Reds required a comeback win at home and they managed to take three points against the Dutch side.

It wasn’t an easy affair considering the form of Ajax. They beat Rangers 4-0 last week. The best thing about Liverpool’s victory was Mohamed Salah found the net for the first time in four games.

Meanwhile, Ajax equalised around the half-hour mark. Klopp’s side found a winner in the 89th minute. Joel Matip forced the ball over the line with his header after being set up by Konstantinos Tsimikas.

Klopp stated post-match that Liverpool “played a lot of good stuff against a hard fighting opposition”:

“I think everybody could see that we understood and that we had to put a completely different shift into the game. The boys did that,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“We played a lot of good stuff against a hard-fighting opposition. Scored the first goal and should’ve scored more goals, from set pieces especially.

“I’m not sure it was their first attack, but Ajax didn’t have a lot. That’s how it is in our situation, anything can happen, but it was an incredible strike from [Mohammed] Kudus.

“It’s like another test. Everybody is hoping you go in the right direction and then you get another setback. You could see the impact of that.

“The pressing before the goal was much better than after the goal. Only a yard or two but if we press, we have to do it right.”

He added: “I’m not picky, in that sense [on Matip scoring]. It was a nice celebration that showed pretty much everything about what the boys thought today.

“Nothing is over. It is a first step, a very important step. Now we have a strange break, pretty long. Brighton is waiting.”

On Ajax getting in behind Liverpool too easily: “I have to watch it back. I thought we dealt really well with that, in that situation not, but that will always happen in football.

“If Ali [Alisson] has to make a save, then something went wrong beforehand.

“I understand that we talk about little details but for us, it’s not that important because it’s about conceding a chance, which can always happen, and then getting back to what it should’ve been.”

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