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Liverpool FC — ‘Emotions came out’ – Matip and Van Dijk react to late victory over Ajax

Joel Matip admitted emotions rose after his late winner in the 2-1 win over AFC Ajax, while Virgil van Dijk praised Liverpool’s positive response.

Jürgen Klopp’s side claimed all three points in the Group A Champions League game at Anfield on Tuesday evening thanks to Matip’s 89-minute header.

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Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the first half, although Mohammed Kudus quickly equalized for the Dutch visitors before the late strike.

Central defenders Matip and Van Dijk spoke to BT Sport after the game. Read on for a transcript…

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matip

To finally break through late…

We had a few chances before, so I was happy to score. I was not sure [it was in]to be honest, but when I saw the referee, the emotions came up.

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About being emotionally drained after the game…

It was a long and tough match. We really tried for over 90 minutes to create chances and we pushed the whole team forward, defending from the first second and then it was a happy ending for us.

Van Dijk

When trying to push through for the Ajax leveler…

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We tried and they scored with their first chance, I think. But when we came back from the horror show in Naples, it was very important for us to show a positive response. It’s not easy to turn it around, but it’s a step in the right direction.

During the match there were beautiful moments and something to work on. It was very important to win today and to get that good feeling going into the international break.

On the chances he had himself to get on the scoresheet…

I should have scored. We felt like we were dangerous in every set piece, especially cornering, and it was our responsibility to convert one – luckily the one and only Joel Matip did.

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