Liverpool 1 Ajax 0 – Curtis Jones goal sends Reds through

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UEFA Champions' League Group D report – Liverpool vs. Ajax – Tuesday, 1 December 2020 – Matchday 5 of 6 report

Liverpool 1 Ajax 0 – Anfield

An error by Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana in the second half handed Liverpool their winning goal at Anfiled as they marched into the knock-out stages of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions' League.

Klopp's men needing just a draw to qualify were dealt a blow when No.1 goalie Alisson was ruled out through injury. But 22-year Caoimhin Kelleher deputizing for the Brazilian put up a solid performance.

Kelleher was tested early on when Noussair Mazraouifrom struck a shot from 25 yards that was responded to with a flying save. Apart from that, it was Liverpool who applied early pressure with Curtis Jones rattling the post from 20 yards in the 5th minute after being set up by the tricky Diogo Jota.

The hosts eased somewhat midway through the first-half as Ajax began to dominate possession. The Dutch side's dominance continued after the break but they lacked the required finishing with Davy Klaassen wasting a fine chance to head into an open goal from a superb Dusan Tadic cross.

By then, Liverpool were under total pressure as the visiting Dutch side were all over them. Antony cut in off from the right wing and tested Kelleher with a low shot which he was able to parry away but the ball fell to David Neres, who smashed his attempt against the outside of the post from a tight angle.

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