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Liverpool bounced back from the 2-0 defeat they suffered in their last Champions League game against Atalanta with a 1-0 win against Ajax, which helped them secure qualification for the knockout rounds.
A goal from Curtis Jones secured all three points for Jurgen Klopp's side, with the young midfielder scoring the only goal of the game in a bizarre second-half moment.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana came out to seemingly claim a cross from Neco Williams but inexplicably let the ball go over his head.
It promptly fell to Jones, whose one-touch finish into an empty net gave Liverpool the lead.
Liverpool player ratings
Caoimhin Kelleher – 8
The 22-year-old Irish goalkeeper was a shock selection in between the sticks, having been favoured ahead of Adrian with Alisson missing through injury, but Kelleher did not put a foot wrong. He was only called into action four times but made a pair of excellent saves to deny Noussair Mazraoui and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. He will be delighted with a clean sheet in his first Champions League start.
Andy Robertson – 7
Robertson did raise alarm bells early on when he suffered a knock on his left ankle but he shrugged it off to play the full 90 minutes and was typically impressive both offensively and defensively.
Fabinho – 8
Despite it not being his natural position, Fabinho has impressed at the back whenever he has played there for Liverpool and the Ajax game was no different.
Joel Matip – 7
He helped the inexperienced Williams grow into the game and made a number of key clearances, interceptions and tackles.
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Neco Williams – 7
He had a difficult task dealing with the tricky David Neres but managed to keep him relatively quiet. It was a much improved performance after the Atalanta game by the Welsh international, who assisted Jones' opener.
Curtis Jones – 8
The young midfielder rattled the woodwork with a good chance in the first-half and then capitalised on an error from Onana to give Liverpool the lead. He was busy both in attack and defence.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7
Wijnaldum battled in midfield and helped stop a number of Ajax's attacking moves.
Jordan Henderson – 7
On the day he was announced as a nominee for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year, Henderson put in a typically workmanlike display, breaking up play and making runs from midfield.
Sadio Mane – 7
The winger threatened throughout and had some joy up against Mazraoui.
Diogo Jota – 6
Jota got into the some good positions in the first-half but failed to test Onana. He was replaced by Roberto Firmino just after the hour mark.
Mohamed Salah – 7
The Egyptian had some good chances to put Liverpool 2-0 up on the counter-attack but was denied Onana. He made some good runs but was caught offside multiple times and just could not find the back of the net.
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