Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp has praised his team’s attitude and character following a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Reds secured a spot in the knockout phase of the tournament as Group D winners with a game to spare.
Curtis Jones’ second-half strike was enough to settle the outcome when he reacted smartly to steer in Neco Williams’ cross over the head of visiting goalkeeper Andre Onana on 58 minutes.
The result was vital for the Premier League champions after their home loss to Atalanta a week ago. “Honestly, since I was at Liverpool that feels like one of the biggest Champions League nights. Without supporters in, it was the most important, most difficult, most exceptional,” said Klopp.
"It was for me, one of the most exceptional @championsleague nights we've had."
The boss on a brilliant team performance tonight 🙌🔴 pic.twitter.com/sOL4btSniB
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 1, 2020
“Massive, massive. No surprise it was an open game – it was an open game,” he reiterated. I am absolutely over the moon with the attitude and the character we showed.
“That’s what it was all about, it is not the moment of the year for us, not to play bump, bump, bump football, especially not with an opponent like Ajax.
“We had football moments, great football moments, could have scored early and defended well, which is a big part of football. So, I am very, very, very happy about the result and the performance in the circumstances we are in. Great,” added the Liverpool mentor.
In other results on Tuesday night, Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-0 loss at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk while Atalanta had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Midtjylland.
Atletico Madrid will have it all to do in their final group game after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by a weakened Bayern Munich.
Tuesday, 1 December Uefa Champions League Results.
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