A first half own goal was just enough for Liverpool to see off Ajax as they came out on top 1-0 against Ajax in their first Champions League game of the season.
After a fairly even first half the Reds took the lead on 35 minutes when Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico prodded into his own net while trying to clear a Sadio Mane shot.
Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to create much in the second half but managed to keep Ajax at bay and managed to get over the line to win for the first time in four matches, in what will comes as a big confidence boost.
Here are our player ratings for both sides from Amsterdam…
Looked really nervous at start, especially in decision making but two good saves.
Couple of gallops forward, but van Dijk absence anchored him much deeper.
Grew into the game as confidence rose and looked promisingly solid.
Outstanding in centre of defence, to calm fears over centre half woes.
Looked as dangerous as ever down the left, and excellent delivery too.
Looked as though never been away despite lack of minutes and consistent.
Linked the play well in the middle and had a good chance near the end.
Showed a few touches and the confidence to try his luck, but off at half time.
Such danger on the break in the first half, and great awareness, off early though.
Some struggles still, especially in penalty area and no surprise when subbed.
The biggest threat on pitch, forced first goal and created danger.
Henderson 7 (Jones 45)
Minamino 6 (Mane 60)
Shaqiri 6 (Salah 60)
Jota 6 (Firmino 60)
Williams (Milner 90)
Onana 7; Mazraoui 6, Schuurs 6 (Traore 84), Blind 7 (Huntelaar 84), Tagliafico 5; Klaassen 6 (Ekkelenkampf 74), Kudus 5 (Promes 9,7), Gravenberch 6; Neres 7 (Labyad 74), Tadic 7, Martinez 6.
Ref: Dr. Felix Brych 7
MOTM: Fabinho – So confident in unfamiliar role