Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks his team’s place in the Champions League knockout stages should “never be taken for granted.”
The Reds defeated Ajax in Amsterdam with a ruthless second-half performance, putting their home problems behind them and advancing from Group A.
In need of a draw to advance, Klopp’s team was lucky not to go down when Mohamed Salah clipped in with their lone attempt on goal in the first period.
With an open goal in front of him, Darwin Nunez, who returned to the starting lineup after injury, should have doubled the lead before halftime. However, the £64 million summer signing hit the post instead.
The Uruguayan forward quickly made up for it, though, by precisely heading in an Andy Robertson corner shortly after the break.
Following Salah’s reverse pass, England Under-21 midfielder Harvey Elliott added a third goal by latching onto it and firing a tight-angle shot into the roof of the net.
Liverpool’s strong performance secured a spot in the round of 16 for a sixth consecutive season.
Klopp said, “I don’t think anybody ever should take for granted that qualifying for the knockout stages is difficult.
We succeeded once again, which is a significant accomplishment.
The Reds can play Napoli in the last round of group-stage matches next week, knowing their position is secured thanks to the easy victory.