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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had high praise for three players in particular after the Reds sealed a Champions League round of 16 spot with a 1-0 win over Ajax on Tuesday night.
Curtis Jones goal at the 58th minute, which was assisted by Neco Williams, was enough for Klopp’s side to secure the win and the last-16 spot.
The Reds boss was dealt with another injury blow as Alisson picked up a hamstring injury against Brighton at the weekend. And Klopp gave Caoimhin Kelleher his first Champions League start over Adrian. Kelleher had an impressive game against the Dutch side.
“I really think Adrian did an incredibly job when he came in last season – the Super Cup final, the Champions League – he played everywhere,” Klopp said.
“But now in this game we needed the football-playing ability of Caoimhin and because he’s a really good shot-stopper as well we made that decision.
“But we never know. They’re all calm in the moment when they get the information but it is different to be there on the pitch and I’m really happy how he did and how calm he was and how good he was.”
“He’s a really good kid, a really good player and I’m really happy to have him around,” Klopp added on Jones.
“That’s how it is sometimes. Situations where you have problems means there’s always an opportunity for somebody else and he took it just exceptionally well.
“I’m really, really happy for him.”
“We had a long talk this week, we both thought he had a lot more in the locker than he showed so far,” Klopp said of Williams.
“But that’s exactly the situation. When it’s the right moment for a young boy to come in.”
He added: “Tonight he showed glimpses – he can be so much better – but tonight he showed that it’s all good.”