Liverpool avoid false start: ex-Schalke Matip balances Klopp out of crisis

Liverpool avoid false start
Ex-Schalke Matip saves Klopp from crisis

Liverpool kicked off the new Champions League season last week with a 4-0 defeat at Napoli. After a slow start in the league, there is now a risk of a false start in Europe. In the second game with Ajax it’s been 1:1 for a long time. Then Joel Matip jumps up.

A last-minute goal from former Schalke player Joel Matip put Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp back on track. A 2-1 (1-1) victory over Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League, a week after a 0-4 nightmare in Naples, was a big relief for the Reds fans. A draw against the Dutch representative would not only cause additional excitement, but also significantly cloud the prospects of Jurgen Klopp’s team in the premier class.

“If you compare Naples and tonight, you might think it’s not the same sport,” Jurgen Klopp said after the game. “Everything has gotten better. It was the first step, a very important step.” However, it was also a move that failed to hide Liverpool’s troubles. In the absence of new signing Darvin Nunez, who was still struggling for form and came out in the 66th minute, the Reds showed a marked improvement. But in front of the gate they were generous with their moments.

Matip fears a rare moment of happiness

After Mo Salah’s early lead in the 17th minute, Liverpool threatened another Champions League defeat despite their dominance. Mohammed Kudus equalizer in the 27th minute gave Liverpool a good chance to take the lead again, especially in the final stages of the game, but despite ten shots on target and 14 in total, the Reds were wary of three until the last minute. Dots.


The ball that was over the line.

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“Before that, I had a few chances, so it was nice to score,” Matip said after scoring his first Champions League goal since 11 December 2013, when he scored against Basel for Schalke 04. with a score of 2:0. However, it was unclear to the Bochum native whether a goal would be counted at all. Ajax’s Dusan Tadic head-butted a Liverpool defender. Anxious seconds followed Matip, Liverpool and manager Klopp, who didn’t want to look away at all. “Honestly, I wasn’t sure he was there. But when I saw the referee, the emotions went wild,” said Matip.

Liverpool enter the long international break in good spirits. After the cancellation of the game against Wolverhampton last weekend, the Reds are also inactive in the Premier League on Sunday. Her game at Chelsea has been canceled due to the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II scheduled for September 19. “We’re on a weird, pretty long break right now,” said Klopp, who will only return to the touchline for the game against Brighton on 1 October.

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