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Liverpool kept their hopes of winning the Champions League for the second time in three years with a narrow 1-0 win against Ajax on Tuesday night.
The defending Premier League champions won Europe’s premier club competition in the 2018-19 campaign, and they remain on track to do the same this season as well.
On Tuesday night, Jurgen Klopp’s team beat Ajax 1-0 at Anfield in Group D to reserve their place in the round of 16 stage.
Curtis Jones took advantage of an Andre Onana goalkeeper error to turn a Neco Williams cross from close range in the 58th minute.
The result means Liverpool have clinched the top spot in Group D with 12 points from five games and are now ranked 6/1 by Betfair to win the Champions League this season.
Here are three things we learned from Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Ajax at Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday night:
Perr Schuurs would star in Liverpool
Liverpool has been linked to Perr Schuurs, and the defending Premier League champions have reportedly identified the 21-year-old central defender as a possible transfer target. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are likely to miss the rest of the season, and the Reds could use a new center-back. Schuurs may have ended up on the losing team Tuesday night, but he showed what he’s capable of. The youngster had a very accomplished and mature performance at the back, and there is no doubt that he would improve Liverpool’s current defense. According to Who scored, the Dutchman took a shot that did not go on goal, had 84.1% passing accuracy, won a header, took 83 touches and made three tackles, one interception and five punts.
The kids are fine
Liverpool had up to three young players in the starting lineup against Ajax, and they all did well. Curtis Jones was brilliant in midfield, and he could have boosted his tally if his two shots before his goal had gone in. The 19-year-old was a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the park. Caoimhin Kelleher, 22, looked very solid and confident between the posts in his first Champions League game for Liverpool, while Neco Williams did well as a right-back.
Worry about Adrian
Adrian is Liverpool’s second goalkeeper behind Alisson, but the former West Ham United star was not a starter against Ajax. The Spaniard has made mistakes from time to time, and it seems Klopp is pulling away from him. Kelleher’s performance between positions was very encouraging, and perhaps now he is establishing himself as the backing for Adrian, who can now become the third-choice custodian at Anfield. Adrian, who is not a starter against Ajax, will be concerned about playing time at Liverpool in the weeks and months to come.