Liverpool vs. Ajax result, report, and highlights as Joel Matip heads home a late winner
ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Joel Matip scored a late header to get Liverpool a critical 2-1 Heroes Association triumph over Ajax at Anfield.
The Reds looked to be heading for a damaging home draw after seeing Mohamed Salah’s opener canceled out by a thunderous Mohammed Kudus strike in the first half.
Notwithstanding, Matip rose most noteworthy from a corner in the 89th moment to send Anfield wild and guarantee a 4-1 loss at Napoli in the initial round of Gathering A was immediately neglected.
With no Premier League fixture this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s men will hope this result and improved performance can ignite a season to which they have made a stuttering start.
Liverpool vs. Ajax final score
LIV: Salah (17th min)
AJA: Kudus (27th min)
LIV: Matip (89th min)
Liverpool vs. Ajax live updates, highlights from Champions League clash
All day: The whistle sounds and that is a gigantic triumph for Liverpool. The coloring of Gathering A method surrendering focuses to an individual opponent for capability at Anfield would have addressed a huge blow.
Fortunately for Jurgen Klopp, a late twist in the tale has brought victory for his team.
89th min: Objective! Liverpool has doubtlessly won it! Joel Matip jumps to meet a corner conveyance plain and heads the ball goalward where an Ajax man seems to clear…
However, the referee points to his watch, and that ball has clearly crossed the line. A massive moment.
81st min: Liverpool pressing for that winner now but Ajax looking comfortable in their defensive shape. And there’s always that threat on the counter…
71st min: Those going after changes have effectively upset the progression of the game fairly as opposed to turning things in support of Liverpool.
Plenty of time left for either side to win this, though.
64th min: A change imminent.
51st min: Van Dijk rises highest to meet a free-kick delivery into the box but his attempt is high and wide.
That’s a couple of those the Dutchman has met and might have done a little better with tonight.
46th min: Ajax gets the game restarted.
HALFTIME: Level at the break at Anfield after Salah’s opener was canceled out by a brilliant Kudus strike.
44th min: Liverpool still knocking on the door with Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk both going close. Unlike in Naples, the Reds are creating opportunities.
37th min: Two stats: one impressive, one quite damning.
27th min: GOAL! Ajax level it up!
It’s excessively simple for the guests to work the ball down Liverpool’s right before a low cross finds Kudus and he drops the shoulder on Van Dijk prior to breaking a shot in off the bar. What. A. Finish.
22nd min: Diaz and Jota go close in quick succession, both players sending shots whistling past Pasveer’s right-hand post.
17th min: GOAL! Liverpool gets themselves ahead and it’s Mohamed Salah with the finish.
Diogo Jota latches onto a Luis Diaz headed flick-on and turns in acres of space in the No.10 position before feeding Salah. The Egyptian’s touch is typically good and leaves him with plenty of time to pass the ball home.
tenth min: A cagey beginning to procedures yet Liverpool’s right-hand side is seeming to be their best possibility of making.
KICKOFF: After an impeccably observed minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, the game gets underway.
10 mins to kickoff: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ rings out across the stadium with the atmosphere ramping up nicely here.
This has all the hallmarks of a big European night at Anfield, as you’d expect given the prestige of the opponent.
30 mins to the opening shot: The two groups out for their warm-ups at Anfield and the Ajax fans are as of now making a racket over in the away segment.
50 mins to kickoff: Liverpool still only naming the nine substitutes this evening, despite Champions League rules allowing for 12.
That shows you that, while Klopp’s injury crisis is easing slightly, there are still plenty of players sidelined.
1 hour 15 mins to kickoff: So, returns to the Liverpool lineup for the fit-again Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara, with Darwin Nunez starting on the bench.
And an Ajax team that lines up exactly as expected.
1 hour 20 mins to kickoff: Team news is in!
1 hour 30 mins to kickoff: Team news should be with us in around 15 minutes here at Anfield and some tricky decisions for Jurgen Klopp to make.
Does Thiago Alcantara return for a beginning after his new re-visitation of wellness and is it Darwin Nunez or Diogo Jota for that focal striking job?
2 hours to kickoff: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs. Ajax in the Champions League group stages.
A massive night awaits the Reds as they look to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat at Napoli, but they are sure to face a difficult test up against an Ajax side who started their group campaign by beating Rangers 4-0.
Liverpool vs. Ajax lineups
Klopp was hit by the deficiency of Andy Robertson to injury this week, meaning Kostas Tsimikas gets approval at left-back.
Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip also return, while Diogo Jota starts ahead of Darwin Nunez in the center-forward position.
Liverpool starting lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas — Elliott, Fabinho, Thiago — Salah, Jota, Diaz
Former Tottenham forward Steven Bergwijn makes his return to England as part of the starting line-up, with Ajax sticking to their favored 4-3-3 formation.
Ajax starting lineup (4-3-3): Pasveer (GK) — Rensch, Timber, Bassey, Blind — Berghuis, Alvarez, Taylor — Tadic, Kudus, Bergwijn
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What time is Liverpool vs. Ajax?
Liverpool plays host to Ajax at Anfield in Liverpool, England. It kicks off at 8 p.m. BST on Tues, Sep 13.
|Date||Tues, Sep 13||Tues, Sep 13||Tues, Sep 13||Weds, Sep 14|
|Time||20:00 BST||15:00 ET||15:00 ET||05:00 AET|
How to watch Liverpool vs. Ajax
|TV channel||BT Sport 2||–||–||–|
|Streaming||BT Sport website/app||Paramount+/VIX+||DAZN||Stan Sport|
UK: Champions League matches are carried across BT Sport streaming and TV platforms. BT Sport 2 will show tonight’s match.
USA: Liverpool vs. Ajax will be shown on streaming services Paramount+ and VIX+.
Canada: Each hero Association matches the entire season is communicated in Canada by means of DAZN.
Australia: Every Champions League match all season long is streamed in Australia via Stan Sport.