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Liverpool earns their first Champions League victory over Ajax, thanks to Matip’s decider

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The 4-1 loss at Napoli in their group opener prompted Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp to demand a response, and this was unquestionably a significant improvement.

As a result of numerous opportunities Liverpool produced and Mohamed Salah’s goal after a ball from Diogo Jota, Liverpool earned the lead.

Mohammed Kudus’ strong drive hit the underside of the bar and went in to tie the score, but Matip scored in the 89th minute.

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Late in the game, Daley Blind squandered a fantastic opportunity to give Ajax the lead before Matip, who hadn’t scored in the Champions League in nine years, rose to head the winning goal, which was confirmed by goal-line technology.

Liverpool achieved success through determination

Liverpool needed to respond to the debacle of Napoli and while they were nowhere near their best this was all about getting the victory that would make Champions League Group A look more positive for Klopp’s side.

It looked for a long time that Ajax’s composed manner allied to Liverpool’s lack of cutting edge might mean they would have one point from two games as they prepare to play Rangers home and away.

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Instead, Matip’s winner ensured an important three points for last season’s beaten finalists and Klopp will hope it is the start of their recovery from the defeat in Italy he labelled the worst performance of his reign at Anfield.

Before the game, there was a short period of silence in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and while there were a handful of dissenting voices, they were hushed by the vast majority of those inside Anfield, who observed the tribute respectfully.

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