Liverpool defender Joel Matip was the night’s hero as he helped the Reds to their first Champions League points of 2022 by beating Ajax. Matip’s header from Kostas Tsimikas’ corner with the game in the 89th minute caused wild celebrations as a resolute Ajax team was defeated in the dying seconds.
The Reds deserved the win after Mohammed Kudus cancelled Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal, but they couldn’t break down Ajax. Liverpool saw numerous opportunities come and go and hit the woodwork with a deflected Salah shot.
The UEFA Champions League is one of the world’s top football tournaments, and fans worldwide enjoy placing wagers on their favourite teams’ performances. According to odds posted by online betting sites at www.sportwetten-vergleich.at, following the draw for that season’s group stage, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are considered favourites to win the 2022/23 Champions League. Liverpool and Bayern Munich are next, with bookmakers disagreeing on which side is more likely to win the tournament.
After the latest victory, the three factors that Liverpool manager Klopp would have been happiest with are:
Diogo Jota highlights his significance
With Nunez settling into his new surroundings and Firmino slowing down, it is Diogo Jota who Klopp can rely on to help his side find their feet again.
A ball from Jota set up Salah’s goal, and he had a few chances to score himself since he was much more animated than many of his colleagues had been in previous weeks.
Bringing Matip and Thiago back
Given the events in Naples, these two changes were urgently needed, but Klopp made two more wise decisions by reassigning Matip and Thiago to the Liverpool starting XI on a night when cool heads were required.
The duo’s skill on the ball has never been in question, and Liverpool needs to improve its ability to retain possession when it attempts to change its style of play.
The re-emergence of what Liverpool ought to look like
On a night when it had seemed like the Reds might be frustrated, the Cameroonian’s header from a corner in front of the Kop drove the home fans wild, but Klopp couldn’t have disagreed with his team’s performance even if that goal hadn’t arrived.
Liverpool, who looked like the Liverpool of old while attacking Ajax‘s goal, was kept alive by a brilliant moment of individual invention from Matip.
Liverpool fans hope they can keep climbing up the table with these three factors working in their favour.