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'Immense': Media wowed by £25m Liverpool ace last night, he makes Reds 'infinitely better'
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'Immense': Media wowed by £25m Liverpool ace last night, he makes Reds 'infinitely better'

Liverpool got back to winning ways on Tuesday night thanks to a last-gasp victory over Ajax.

The Reds were desperate to get back to winning ways in the Champions League clash at Anfield.

Liverpool have endured a tough start in the Premier League and lost 4-1 to Napoli in Europe last week.

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The Reds began brightly and went ahead 17 minutes in, Mohamed Salah sweeping home Diogo Jota’s pass.

However, Ajax – who had barely threatened in the opening exchanges – equalised in the 27th minute.

Steven Berghuis played in Mohammed Kudus, who thumped home off the underside of the bar.

Liverpool worked hard to try and restore their lead, but they had no joy for most of the match.

It looked as though the Reds were going to have to settle for just one point.

Then, in the 89th minute, Kostas Tsimikas whipped a corner towards Matip, who duly headed over the line.

Although an Ajax defender stopped the ball from hitting the back of the net, the goal was rightly given.

‘At his swashbuckling best’

Thiago Alcantara outlined just how he important he is for Liverpool with a superb comeback performance.

The Spaniard was back in the XI for the first time since the opening day of 2022-23 after returning to full fitness.

The Liverpool Echo awarded Thiago 8 out of 10 for his display.

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‘Excellent return to action for the Spaniard, whose footwork, passing and drive underpinned the Reds’ showing and maintained good level regardless of position’, they wrote.

Liverpool World gave the £25million man 7.5 out of 10 for his efforts.

‘Immense in the first half and at his swashbuckling best,’ they wrote.

‘Not as influential in the second half but was still impressive – especially considering the time he’s been absent for.’

And 90Min gave Thiago a 7 out of 10.

‘Liverpool are an infinitely better team when he plays,’ they wrote. ‘It’s shame his injury record is so patchy.’

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