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Robin van Persie says Liverpool got ‘lucky’ in win against Ajax

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The Dutchman wasn’t impressed with the Premier League champions.

The Dutchman felt Ajax were unfortunate not to get something from the game (Pictures: Getty)

Robin van Persie played down Liverpool’s victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday night and says the Premier League champions were ‘lucky’ to keep a clean sheet.

After the news that Virgil van Dijk would likely not play again this season, the Reds gave a resilient display in Amsterdam to kick off their European campaign with a solitary own goal from Nicolas Tagliafico deciding the contest.

Fabinho slotted in well at centre-back, making a superb goal-line clearance, with the defence recording an important clean sheet after the loss of their talisman at the back.

Tagliafico’s own goal proved to be the decisive moment in the game (Picture: Getty Images)

But Ajax did have a number of chances in the match, particularly a first half in which Jurgen Klopp looked furious on the sidelines, and former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Van Persie felt they were fortunate to leave Amsterdam with all three points.

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Speaking to BT Sport, Van Persie said: ‘They clearly missed their main players. Virgil at the back of course is a big miss, Thiago – although he didn’t play a lot – is a world-class player.

‘But Ajax had the bigger chances tonight. They played quite well, they had four or five clear chances, and normally…

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