“Dam Busters,” “Smiles Better” and “Magic Dutch” – Liverpool “job done” vs. Ajax
Liverpool cruised into the Champions League knockout rounds with a 3-0 win at Ajax, with the media assessing an excellent evening on the workplace.
Jurgen Klopp‘s males have been extra spectacular because the evening went on on Wednesday, selecting up a confidence-boosting victory.
Here’s how the media reacted to Liverpool’s win.
This was rather more prefer it from the Reds…
Andy Hunter of the Guardian hailed Liverpool’s kind in Europe:
“In a season of maddening inconsistency for Jürgen Klopp he has at the least discovered acquainted consolation within the Champions League.
“Liverpool secured their place within the knockout phases with a recreation to spare, their troubled away kind and damage issues forgotten as qualification was wrapped up with an in the end snug defeat of Ajax.
“For Liverpool, it is the familiar ground of the Champions League knock-out phase that beckons for a sixth successive season.”
The Daily Mail‘s Ian Ladyman felt the positives outweighed the negatives:
“In Holland right here, Liverpool confirmed us the very best and the worst of them presently.
“They ought to have been behind in simply the second minute when Steven Berghuis hit a submit when it regarded simpler to attain and have been usually wretched for the primary half-hour.
“During durations of play like that, they’ll look desperately unusual. Vulnerable, even.
“Then got here the awakening. First Mo Salah from a Jordan Henderson move three minutes earlier than half-time. Then a Darwin Nunez header early within the second half adopted immediately by a rasping Harvey Elliott strike from an angle.
“It was some turnaround and enough to see off an Ajax threat that seemed to evaporate once they didn’t take any of a number of early chances.”
Harri Thomas of the Telegraph was impressed with the environment friendly method of the victory:
“Job accomplished, mission completed for Liverpool. Klopp’s males are by means of to the last-16 of the Champions League.
“They’ve accomplished it with some fashion: Salah with a medical chip over Pasveer to open proceedings, earlier than Nunez steered his header into the far submit from Robertson’s nook a couple of minutes after half time, after which Elliott rifled one in from a good angle moments later.
“They weathered the first-half storm, but buried the game six minutes after half time, dominating the rest of the match.”
Gary Lineker took to Twitter to point out his admiration for Elliott and to poke enjoyable at himself:
A primary Champions League aim for Harvey Elliott. He now has extra targets within the Champions League/European Cup than….me. ?
— Gary Lineker ?? (@GaryLineker) October 26, 2022
Numerous gamers caught the attention in Amsterdam…
Goal‘s Neil Jones centered on the brilliance of Salah as soon as once more:
“Another Champions League evening, one other Salah masterclass. So usually, the Egyptian has been the important thing man for Liverpool on this competitors, and he was once more right here, scoring the Reds’ first aim, creating their third and usually inflicting havoc all through.
“With a aim and an help, Salah turns into solely the third participant to succeed in 50 aim contributions with an English membership within the Champions League, following within the footsteps of Thierry Henry and Ryan Giggs.
“He is now only one goal behind Steven Gerrard’s record of 40 European goals for Liverpool. A special player, whichever way you slice it.”
“Robertson was the primary to start out racing on into area down the flanks, linking up effectively on the skin and mixing within the remaining third to supply a greater out-ball for the Reds (or the greens, on the evening).
“Trent too then began moving into area, offering the width and delivering passes, greater than crosses, from respectable areas.
“Add in Firmino getting into the game in better areas, offensively and defensively, and the shape looked much better as the game moved into its middle half-hour.”
Speaking on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand heaped reward on the more and more efficient Nunez:
“He’s at all times attempting to get in there. He’s tenacious, he needs to graft, he needs to battle.
“I don’t think he’s ever going to be the cleanest of strikers, but I think he’s going to be an effective striker.”
Now, Liverpool should construct on this win…
Ladyman now sees this as an opportunity to select up a run of constructive outcomes:
“Liverpool have bumped and banged by means of the primary third of the marketing campaign, hampered by accidents and dogged by poor kind.
“But with three video games towards Leeds, Tottenham and Southampton between now and the mid-season World Cup break, they’ve a chance to move for his or her winter hibernation at the least in contact with the highest 4 groups.
“After all that has happened already this season, there would be something to take from that. With a rest may yet come some kind of renewal.”
Reporting for BBC Sport, Jonathan Jurejko echoed that opinion:
“Liverpool’s inconsistent begin to the season, epitomised by one other disjointed efficiency in a shock 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on the weekend, has pissed off their supporters and left some questioning in regards to the path of Klopp’s aspect.
“The prospect of a easy passage to the Champions League knockout part was removed from sure after a heavy defeat by Napoli of their opening Group A recreation.
“But their huge expertise in Europe’s premier membership competitors, which they received in 2019 and completed runners-up final season, has finally supplied much-needed consolation and swiftly brushed away any early fears of not progressing.
“Now Klopp’s task is to ensure his side can finally start stringing together convincing performances in the Premier League, starting with Saturday’s visit of a Leeds United side bereft of confidence.”
Finally, Delgado was in constructive spirits a few change in fortunes:
“Look, we already know the league is a no-hoper this season. We should try to get Champions League soccer by means of the highest 4, which is able to take some doing.
“But we will nonetheless go all weapons blazing in Europe for silverware, too. It’s a unique sort of soccer and maybe now we have a unique sort of confidence on this competitors for the time being.
“We’ve now additionally received three months or so to kind out our kind and strategy earlier than we get any significant matches on this competitors once more – plus a switch window, in fact.
“In the meantime it’s going to be about rediscovering the winning touch on a far, far more regular basis, starting with Leeds at the weekend.”