Alfred Schreuder feels that the defeat to Liverpool was “really good” for the development of his Ajax side.
The Eredivisie team fell to a late 2-1 defeat at Anfield in their second Champions league match of the season, but the tight scoreline doesn’t tell the full story.
Liverpool dominated for the entirety of the match, with Ajax seeing precious little of the ball and taking just three shots to their opponents’ 23.
It was a humbling night for the Dutch side, but Schreuder thinks playing such a high-level team will do his players a lot of good.
“No, it is not a disaster, but we have to learn from this,” he said.
“We are still in development. There are several guys who have not played this kind of game. It’s really good for them.”
Indeed, midfielder Kenneth Taylor says he’s never played such a strong opponent.
“No, never really,” he said.
“I’m not necessarily very satisfied. I don’t think I’ve shown everything I can do. We didn’t play our own game as a team either, we were more behind the ball than they were. Then I can also show myself less well, of course.”