Liverpool got their Champions League campaign off to a strong start this week. The Reds journeyed to Amsterdam with the hosts confident of nicking a result given the injury woes the Scousers face. However, Liverpool put in a thoroughly professional performance to win the tie. Jürgen Klopp has explained why he took Curtis Jones off at halftime against Ajax.
Liverpool beat Ajax
It was a sometimes exciting, sometimes drab affair at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday night.
The Reds went ahead in the tie when Nicolas Tagliafico put the ball into his own net after 35 minutes.
It would be unfair to say that Liverpool deserved the lead but they deserved a goal.
The hosts attacked and attacked but Fabinho was a rock at the back, denying them time and time again.
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Adrian pulled out some smart saves and made a few errors but he managed to keep a clean sheet. There were also impressive cameos from Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino as the Reds ran out 1-0 winners.
Klopp explains Curtis Jones sub
Curtis Jones was handed a first European appearance as he started the game in the Liverpool midfield.
The Scouser showed glimpses of what he is capable of but he never fully got into the game, not getting on the ball often enough at all but we can excuse him that given his youth and the stage he found himself on.
The youngster was substituted for Jordan Henderson at halftime, the skipper coming on and calming the game down for the visitors – assured as ever in possession.
Jürgen Klopp has explained that Curtis Jones being brought off was merely because Hendo could only play 45 minutes, saying:
“Curtis was tactical. The medical department told us Hendo cannot start, 45 mins was possible. We wanted an experienced midfield as that helps in this type of game.”
What RTK has to say
It was heartwarming seeing Curtis Jones start his first Champions League game for the Reds.
The young Scouser’s involvement was just reward for all of the progress he has made in recent months.
Hopefully we’ll see more of him in the competition down the line, he should get a run out against the Danish champions.
Fingers crossed he manages to get on the ball more next time out.