Liverpool put their domestic woes behind them to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League with a clinical second-half display against Ajax in Amsterdam.
Needing a draw to progress to the last 16, the Reds were lucky not to be behind before Mohamed Salah cut it short with the only first-half strike.
Darwin Nunez, returning from injury, should have doubled the lead before the break but the £64m summer signing hit the post with an open goal in front of him.
However, the Uruguay striker quickly made up for it by heading home Andy Robertson’s corner shortly after the restart.
Moments later, England Under-21 midfielder Harvey Elliott added a third by latching onto Salah’s reverse pass and into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Liverpool knew a draw would be enough to secure a place in the last 16 for the sixth consecutive season.
But the comfortable victory means the Reds will host Napoli in next week’s final group stage, knowing their place is assured.
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Game over, Ajax 0, Liverpool 3.
Second half ends, Ajax 0, Liverpool 3.
Curtis Jones (Liverpool) wins a free kick.
Owen Wijndal (Ajax) is absent.
Corner, Liverpool. Owen Wijndal has scored.
James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kenneth Taylor (Ajax).
Stefan Bajcetic (Liverpool)
Steven Bergwijn (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Change, Liverpool. Konstantinos Tsimikas replaces Andrew Robertson.
Hand of Kenneth Taylor (Ajax).
Change, Ajax. Florian Grillitsch replaces Edson Álvarez.
Change, Ajax. Francisco Conceição replaces Steven Berghuisen.
An empty attempt. Jurriën Timber (Ajax) right footed shot misses the target. Contributed by Steven Berghuis.
An empty attempt. Edson Álvarez (Ajax) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jorge Sánchez with a cross.
Corner, Ajax. Joe Gomez taps.
Stefan Bajcetic (Liverpool)
Mohammed Kudus (Ajax) wins a free kick.
The attempt has been saved. Stefan Bajcetic (Liverpool) right footed shot misses the target. Assisted by Fábio Carvalho.
An empty attempt. Steven Berghuis (Ajax) left footed shot misses the target. Assistant Owen Wijndal.