Liverpool FC

Liverpool sent a message in Amsterdam, but must now focus on the Premier League

Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Ajax in the Champions League proved to critics that the Reds are still up for a fight this season.

The two domestic champions battled it out in the Johan Cruyff Arena, where the Premier League title holders came out victorious thanks to an own goal.

Created almost entirely by Sadio Mane dancing into Ajax’s box, a cross by the Senegal international was turned into the net by defender Nicolas Tagliafico.

After losing Virgil van Dijk to a long-term injury, it was important for Liverpool to send an encouraging message out to fans and naysayers alike – and a win over our most renowned Champions League group rival – and keeping a clean sheet away from home – definitely did that.

The shutout would not have been possible without Fabinho, who filled in for van Dijk and Joel Matip alongside Joe Gomez in defence, a position where Jurgen Klopp feels the Brazilian can thrive. “Fabinho can play the position, he likes playing it actually,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.

It’s back to the Premier League for the Reds this weekend, who are up against entirely different opposition in Sheffield United. The Blades travel to Anfield on Saturday, looking for their first win of the season.

Liverpool Academy graduate Rhian Brewster has been tipped to start for Chris Wilder’s side, as the youngster returns to his old stomping ground, hoping to prove he should have been given a run in the senior team.

Our predicted starting XI for LFC: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Gomez, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Minamino, Jota

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