Liverpool player ratings vs Ajax: Fabinho impresses but Salah and Firmino struggle

Liverpool secured a slightly nervy 1-0 victory over a bright Ajax side to get their Champions League group stage off to a winning start in Amsterdam. But who impressed for the Reds and who failed to get going? Here’s a full rundown from Jurgen Klopp’s side on Wednesday evening.

Adrian – 7

Seemed much improved on the whole from the shaky performances he’s put in while deputising for Alisson.

Adrian is expected to lose his place soon when the Brazilian returns, but he’ll leave a good account for himself if he keeps performing like this.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

Didn’t manage to push forward as much as he normally does and get those driven crosses in.

Pretty solid otherwise, to be fair.

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Joe Gomez – 6

Looked pretty solid against a threatening Ajax attack which will give Klopp hope he can step up to the plate of playing week in, week out.

Fabinho – 8

Had some big shoes to fill playing at centre-back in place of Virgil van Dijk, and did a pretty good job on the whole.

Solid in the air and kept the defence organised, Fabinho is staking his claim to be Van Dijk’s long-term replacement.

Andy Robertson – 7

A similar story to Alexander-Arnold, but was as bright as ever on the left, bombing forward.

James Milner – 7

Another night of working like a horse from Milner to ensure Liverpool picked up all three points.

Only slight blip was a needless yellow card.

Gini Wijnaldum – 6

Didn’t do much wrong but barely had an impact on the game, in truth.

Curtis Jones – 5

Taken off at half-time for the experience of Jordan Henderson, despite not really doing too much wrong.

Jones may have been surprised to get the call up tonight, and any first-team pitch time will do him the world of good.

Mohamed Salah – 5

Failed to make the kind of impact we’ve come to expect from the Egyptian winger.

Taken off around the hour mark in a big attacking shake up to save his legs.

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Sadio Mane – 6

Was lucky to force a goal via Nicolas Tagliafico finding the back of his own net.

Seemed bright as usual before being substituted as part of a new look attack, and the ice he was strapped up with was a tad worrying.

Roberto Firmino – 4

The goal drought continues for Firmino, and he didn’t really come close to scoring in truth.

There’s talk of him becoming a “burden” on Salah and Mane, and he did little to lift that tag tonight.

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Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 6

Showed his experience to wind down the clock, which was exactly why Klopp put him on.

Diogo Jota – 6

The pick of the late substitutes and seemed bright.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 5

Pretty nondescript showing from the Swiss.

Takumi Minamino – 5

Did little to persuade Klopp he should be getting more game time.

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