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Liverpool missed two players in ‘lucky’ Ajax win but two Jurgen Klopp stars hailed

Robin van Persie believes Liverpool were “lucky” in their 1-0 win at Ajax as Jurgen Klopp’s side got off to a winning start in the Champions League. The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker believes the Reds diced with danger all evening, despite keeping the hosts at bay.

Former Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen hit the post after former Southampton man Dusan Tadic had one cleared off the line by Fabinho.

Liverpool scored the all-important winner in the first half, courtesy of a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal.

Sadio Mane done all the hard work, rolling his man before scuffing a shot which went in off the Argentine.

Van Persie believes the absence of two Liverpool players was evident as they found a way to win.

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He told BT Sport: “Liverpool did well. They clearly missed their main players, Virgil [van Dijk] at the back of course is a big miss.

“Thiago [Alcantara] also even though he didn’t play a lot, he’s a world class player.

“Ajax had the bigger chances, they played well, they had four or five clear chances.

“Normally they would take one of them, I think Liverpool have been lucky tonight.”

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Van Persie was particularly impressed by the performance of two Liverpool players in Amsterdam.

He added: “Ajax did well, created many chances but didn’t get their goal.

“For me, it was a joy to watch Mane. His movement, how he holds up the ball, his link-up play.

“I would pay to watch him, he’s a fantastic player to watch. When Henderson came on, you could see his leadership.

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“He was yelling to his teammates to go into every single duel, he was really well on the ball.

“There was confidence on the ball, like a proper mature player there. He made a big difference in the second half.”

Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday when Sheffield United visit Anfield.

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