Ajax coach Erik ten Hag was proud of his players in defeat to Champions League opponents Liverpool.
Ajax lost 1-0 at home in Amsterdam.
Ten Hag reflected: “The plan and execution were excellent, there was only a goal missing.
"We have brought Liverpool to the edge of the abyss.
"We have created the opportunities, but you have to take advantage of them and pull the trigger. We have failed ourselves. In the final phase, we tried to force something more with an emergency plan. That provided another great opportunity for Jurgen Ekkelenkamp. It is a pity that it just didn't work.
"That leaves you with a bitter aftertaste."