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Robertson shares Klopp’s half-time talk for Nunez as Liverpool beat Ajax 3-0

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Robertson shares Klopp's half-time talk for Nunez as Liverpool beat Ajax 3-0

Robertson shares Klopp’s half-time talk for Nunez as Liverpool beat Ajax 3-0.

With a 3-0 victory over Ajax, Mohamed Salah extended his stellar performance in the Champions League to help Liverpool advance to the round of 16.

After a challenging first half, Liverpool cranked up the volume to romp to a victory in Amsterdam against Ajax, knowing that a point would have been enough to guarantee their place in the knockout stages.

They know the top spot is still possible going into their final match against Napoli, but they will need a massive victory over the Italians.

Salah hasn’t had the best Premier League season by his own lofty standards, but the Egyptian has been participating in the Champions League and occasionally dragging Liverpool.

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Robertson shares Klopp’s half-time talk for Nunez as Liverpool beat Ajax 3-0

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The Egyptian scored the opening goal against Ajax in the rematch, sealed the 2-0 victory over Rangers, and then came off the bench to score a hat-trick against the latter team.

He accounts for five of Liverpool’s 12 goals in the Champions League heading into this week.

Salah, who opened the scoring once more on Wednesday night, now has six goals in the Champions League for the year, tying him with Kylian Mbappe for the Golden Boot lead.

With six goals in fewer minutes as well, Salah is just one goal ahead of the Frenchman. Salah didn’t stop there either.

Salah did assist Harvey Elliott to score Liverpool’s third goal, but he didn’t increase his total to take the lead in the Golden Boot rankings outright.

Robertson shares Klopp's half-time talk for Nunez as Liverpool beat Ajax 3-0
Robertson shares Klopp’s half-time talk for Nunez as Liverpool beat Ajax 3-0

No Liverpool player has ever managed more assists in the history of the team than Salah, who now has 12 for the club in the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, and Salah are all equal on 12, and Salah is most likely to move onto 13 first.

Nunez, however, had a huge night as well. Nunez squandered an opportunity from inside the six-yard box during Liverpool’s lacklustre first-half performance, deflecting his effort onto the post after receiving a feed from Roberto Firmino.

The Uruguayan had a lot of bad luck in front of goal during his tenure at Liverpool up to that point, and the miss pretty well encapsulated his time there.

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Nunez doubled Liverpool’s advantage with a wonderful header after Andrew Robertson’s cross, whereas other strikers may have let it undermine their confidence.

The Scot acknowledged that his teammate and had a conversation during the break that may have led to the goal.

“Darwin was in at half-time really angry at himself, disappointed with himself at not taking that chance,” Robertson told BT Sport.

“I sat next to him in the changing room, I don’t know if he understood a word I said, but I said I’ll put a cross on your head and you’ll score no problem. So maybe we need to say that more often!”

In his postgame remarks, Klopp attributed Liverpool’s sluggish start to a system tweak that was implemented in an effort to include Nunez more in the game.

“We obviously changed system again a little bit,” he told BT Sport.

“We had to, I thought it would make sense, rather a diamond than a 4-3-3. It’s new for the boys but we didn’t want to have Darwin constantly on the wing, we wanted him more central and that’s why we set it up slightly different, but it’s normal.”

“What I will say is that he’s in the best place in the world. If he is struggling for maybe a lack of confidence at times the fans will always be behind him.

There are plenty of other fans that would be so quick to turn a striker that cost that amount of money.

“You can see he’s working hard, I think Klopp waxes lyrical about how hard he works for the team defensively and offensively.

And the best thing about tonight was he missed a gilt-edged chance, let’s be honest, and then he bounced back and he scored a fantastic header.

“He’s obviously working hard for the team and he’ll get his reward.”

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