A bitter aftertaste lingered with Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, after the 1-0 home defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League. An unnecessary loss, he judged. “We were unlucky and didn’t score, while we created enough opportunities.”
Indeed Ajax got enough opportunities. Quincy Promes (miss from close range), Dusan Tadic (ball taken off line), Davy Klaassen (post), Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (left in injury time); they all had the Amsterdam goal on the shoe, but missed.
“That is that one percent, it was missing”, Ten Hag analyzed at the press conference afterwards. “We have to pull the trigger ourselves, were not ruthless in the box (the sixteen meter area, ed.).”
‘Unhappy feeling predominates’
Defender Perr Schuurs also struggled with an unhappy feeling. Ajax had some bad luck against Liverpool. “I think when you look at the odds, certainly. A ball on the post, a ball taken off the line, an unfortunate goal against.”
“That feeling dominates. That was also noticeable afterwards. We should have scored at least once.”