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Liverpool beat Ajax as unsung hero steps up for Jurgen Klopp and Kudus haunts Everton | Football | Sport

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Liverpool, Anfield and late goals within the Champions League. We have been here before. This was one other European night where the Reds needed to dig deep to tug all three points out of the bag but Jurgen Klopp’s side delivered the proper response to last week’s disastrous Napoli defeat that their manager labelled the “worst performance” since his arrival.

Matip the person for Klopp

Joel Matip stays Liverpool’s unsung hero and that was once more evident as he headed home a late winner for the Reds.

The centre-back has played such an integral role for Liverpool through the years since signing from Schalke on a free transfer in 2016 and his return to the side was essential in helping Jurgen Klopp’s side over the road.

Joe Gomez was all at sea last week against Napoli and Matip brings a much-needed calm to the Liverpool backline every time he plays.

Yet he all the time offers something offensively too together with his mazy dribbles and towering presence from set pieces.

His fitness could prove the important thing to Liverpool’s hopes of silverware this season – tonight showed exactly that.

Darwin Nunez concern

While patience is actually required with any mega-money signing – there may be already a component of concern with Darwin Nunez.

Whenever you’re paying £85million for a player (if add-ons are fulfilled) – some type of impact would a minimum of be expected yet thus far, it has been a rocky ride for the Uruguayan.

He was named on the bench once more at Anfield before entering the fray on 65 minutes.

Once more though, Nunez will not be seemingly a natural fit for this Liverpool side as Diogo Jota got the not through the center.

There was hope he would make the centre-forward role his own but that has not yet been the case with each Jota and Roberto Firmino ahead of the record-signing within the pecking order.

Liverpool will bide their time and back their big man in attack but he’s yet to showcase exactly why FSG forked out a major sum on his series.

A golden likelihood fell to Nunez with around eight minutes to go but he could only fire wide of the goal before he flashed one other strike across the face of goal before Matip’s winner.

Kudus comes back to haunt Everton

Mohammed Kudus has come back to haunt Everton – a matter of weeks after the transfer window closed.

The Toffees thought they’d a deal in place for the Ghanaian, who skipped Ajax training to attempt to make the move occur however the deal was eventually blocked as a consequence of Antony’s move to Manchester United.

Still, Kudus stays a player on Everton’s radar but now he looks set to cost himself out of the move.

He hit a rocket in off the post last week against Rangers and really caught the attention and the identical applies on Tuesday night at Anfield.

Kudus smashed home the leveller for the Dutch giants when he blasted home the ball in off the crossbar.

It’s clear he would have been an enormous asset for Everton had the transfer got over the road.

Trent defending suspect again

Trent Alexander-Arnold was heavily criticised for his poor defensive showing in Naples this week and he didn’t do his World Cup hopes any favours again at Anfield against Ajax.

Kudus’ leveller got here from a ball in behind the right-back, who failed to indicate the will to get back in and defend and the Ajax star steered home.

He doesn’t look his usual self on the appropriate side of the Liverpool defence for the time being and it seems the England international is struggling for confidence.

Alexander-Arnold can have to up his game and begin showing more quality defensively than what he offers in attack, if he wishes to secure his place for Qatar.

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