Liverpool are set to lack defensive talisman Virgil Van Virgil van Dijk for a long time.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was happy with how his untried centre-back pairing of Fabinho and Joe Gomez carried out in the 1-0 win over Ajax in their Champions League opener.
A Nicolas Tagliafico 35th-minute own goal chose a messy match in Amsterdam as only the Reds’ second tidy sheet in 13 European games as the away team on an opponent’s ground showed definitive.
Midfielder Fabinho, in specific, was remarkable filling the hole left by Virgil Van Dijk‘s long-term knee injury– hooking a Dusan Tadic lob off the goalline to keep the score at 1-0– however he also had a favorable impact on Gomez together with him.
“Good but even Fabinho can play better,” Klopp stated on the efficiency of the Brazil international, whose partnership with Gomez was the 35th centre-back pairing utilized by the German.
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” This mix had actually not played together so they need to get utilized to each other, the spoken commands, what you need to state to the midfield.
” Fabinho can play the position, he likes playing it really. If I asked him to play right-back I do not think he would enjoy it as much.
” I’m not shocked Fabinho plays in the position, otherwise I would have considered a different service.
” It was a good efficiency however there is a lot to enhance, that isgood It was definitely good tonight and we ‘d like it to continue.
” We are not dumb sufficient to think we didn’t need a little bit of luck as Fabinho required to make a proper stretch to get that ball from the line and they struck the post.
“A clean sheet is one information but we could have done better. I don’t care in the moment as we wanted to win the game and we have done that.”
Klopp soft-pedaled issues about more injury concerns, firmly insisting Sadio Hair had actually been bring a dead leg for a number of days which was the factor he had an ice bag on after being replaced.
Youngster Curtis Jones’ full Champions League debut lasted just 45 minutes however that was since Jordan Henderson was not fit enough to play more than half a game.
“It was not the most easy-on-the-eye performance from both teams, both teams can play much better football,” Klopp added
” Practically the medical department made the line-up– and after that you need to win the game which is what the kids did and I think it was basically should have.
” They had their minutes however apart from that we were quite dominant on a hard pitch.
“It will not be on the front page of our history book but it is an important moment and I am pleased with that.”
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Ajax coach Erik 10 Hag felt his players lost a chance against a Liverpool team missing out on Van Dijk and clearly not at their proficient best.
“It was a good team performance. We didn’t score but we did have enough chances,” he stated.
“They (his players) had Liverpool around their finger for a while and we are very happy about that. Liverpool were fragile tonight but we didn’t take advantage of that.”