Liverpool confirmed a place in the Champions League knockout stages following a 3-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring to notch his sixth Champions League goal of the season before Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott scored in quick succession early in the second half to ensure the Premier League side bounced back from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest. They are bottom of the Premier League table.
Steven Berghuis had smacked a shot against the post three minutes in, and Dusan Tadic would have expected to score when Trent Alexander-Arnold blocked his effort.
Liverpool had struggled to get up the pitch for most of that opening period but finished the half strongly and was kicking themselves for not going in two clear at the break when Nunez somehow hit the back post from Roberto Firmino’s inviting pass.
Andy Robertson’s out-swinging corner was met by the head of Nunez, who nodded his effort in, touching the far post on its way.
Three minutes later, Klopp’s side extended their lead to three, with Elliott becoming the first teenager to score in consecutive Champions League appearances for Liverpool.
Liverpool’s victory was never in doubt after their onslaught of goals as they controlled possession and the flow of chances.
Ajax won six out of six matches last season in the group stages but have won just one of their matches in Group A this season.