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Andy Robertson explains what was important about Liverpool beating Ajax.

Liverpool qualified for the Champions League knockout stage with a clinical second-half display against Ajax on Wednesday night.



Man-of-the-match Andy Robertson and Harvey Elliot praise Liverpool's victory over Ajax in the UCL.


Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson said it was important Jurgen Klopp's Reds 'did not concede' a goal as they blew Ajax away to secure a place in the next round of the Champions League.


The Merseyside club put their Premier League distress behind them as they thrashed the Eredivisie giants 3-0 in Amsterdam, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, striker Darwin Nunez, and Harvey Elliott.


Klopp's boys knew they only needed a draw to qualify for the next round of Europe's elite competition, while the Dutch club needed a win.



Fortunately for Liverpool, Ajax failed to take advantage of an opportunity in the opening few minutes as Steven Berghuis' close-range strike hit the post before Mohamed Salah found the net in the 42nd minute with his side's only shot on target of the first half.



Nunez, who returned to the starting XI, had a great chance to double their lead before the break but his effort hit the post, however, four minutes into the second half, the Uruguayan eventually made amends by nodding in Andy Robertson's corner kick.

And moments later, England Under-21 midfielder Harvey Elliott wrapped up the victory as he latched on to Salah's pass, with the ball flying into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

The result means Liverpool have clinched their spot in the 2022-23 Champions League last 16 for the sixth successive season.

Speaking to BT Sport after the victory, Scotland full-back Robertson revealed 'Darwin was really angry with himself' during the break for his missed chance in the first half and expressed his happiness at how Liverpool 'had control' of the game at the Johan Cruijff [Cruyff] Arena.


'We didn't concede.'


"We knew they had to win. They tried to start fast and I don't think we calmed down quickly enough but the important thing was we didn't concede. We managed to keep it tight and then it was about getting the first goal.



"We got the goal and in the second half, we came through. Nice to get through before the last game.


"We had control. Darwin was really angry with himself at half-time. I sat next to him at half-time and told him I would put a cross into his head for him to score.

"Three nil at this place, a really tough place to come, and the clean sheet is so important for us now."


All round it was a good game.


Harvey Elliott added: "When you come to a stadium like this you will always get limited chances but we were very clinical. All round it was a good game.

"Strikers need to get mistakes out of the way and not dwell on them too much which is what Nunez did.

"My goal was about getting a clean strike. My right leg isn't just for standing on!"



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