Liverpool academy pair set club record to guide Reds into Champions League’s last-16/Klopp provides Robertson update

Liverpool secured a narrow victory over Ajax tonight, with two of the club’s youth products having grabbed the headlines in combining for the game’s only goal.

Jones makes the difference

Jurgen Klopp’s men welcomed the Dutch champions to Anfield a short time ago, for their penultimate Champions League group stage outing.

The Reds entered proceedings having fluffed their chance to book a spot in the competition’s knockout rounds last time out, in falling to a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to Atalanta.

As such, ahead of kick-off tonight, though Liverpool maintained top spot in Group D, they sat just two points clear of both Ajax and Atalanta.

Avoiding a 2nd-straight European loss was therefore of paramount importance for the Merseysiders.

And, when all was said and done at Anfield, not only did the hosts avoid defeat, but they went on to bag a hard-fought win.

Despite both sides having carved out plenty of chances, a solitary goal eventually proved the difference upon the final whistle sounding.

Curtis Jones was the man on target, taking advantage of a rare Andre Onana mistake to volley home at the back post just shy of the hour-mark:

Reds youngsters star

As such, on a night where goalkeeper Alisson was added to the club’s seemingly never-ending injury list, it no doubt came as a huge source of pride for all associated with the English champions when it was one of their own youth products who guided Klopp’s men beyond Ajax.

Not only that, but, remarkably, it was actually also a Reds academy graduate – in the form of Neco Williams – who set up Jones’ winner.

And, as since revealed by the reliable Opta, in combining for the only goal to guide their side into the Champions League’s last-16, both of Liverpool’s young stars etched their names into the club’s history books:

Robertson latest

One concern amid an otherwise positive 90 minutes for Liverpool tonight, however, came on the personnel front.

Just hours after it was confirmed that Alisson has picked up a hamstring injury, Andy Robertson looked set to join the Brazilian on the sidelines, after going to ground with an ankle problem during the first-half.

The Scot, following treatment from the hosts’ medical team, soldiered on, though, to see out the remainder of the clash.

As such, speaking during his post-match interview, Jurgen Klopp was inevitably drawn on the wellbeing of both Robertson and captain Jordan Henderson, with the Liverpool boss having explained:

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 12 21
2 Liverpool FC 10 5 21
3 Chelsea FC 10 12 19
4 Leicester City FC 10 5 18
5 West Ham United FC 10 6 17
6 Southampton FC 10 3 17
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 0 17
8 Everton FC 10 2 16
9 Manchester United FC 9 0 16
10 Aston Villa FC 9 7 15
11 Manchester City FC 9 4 15
12 Leeds United 10 -2 14
13 Newcastle United FC 10 -3 14
14 Arsenal FC 10 -2 13
15 Crystal Palace FC 10 -3 13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 10 -2 10
17 Fulham FC 10 -8 7
18 West Bromwich Albion 10 -11 6
19 Burnley FC 9 -13 5
20 Sheffield United FC 10 -12 1
Player Team Goals
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 10
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 8
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 7
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 7
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4

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