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Last Updated: Friday, 1 August, 2003, 21:24 GMT 22:24 UK
Liverpool frustrate Ajax
Ajax 0-0 Liverpool

Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell played after shaking off an ankle injury
Liverpool held Ajax to a scoreless draw at the Amsterdam Tournament on Friday, in a match which the home side dominated.

Ajax should have won the game and missed two glorious chances at the end of the first half.

First striker Rafael van der Vaart managed to spin free in front of the Liverpool goal three minutes before half-time, but keeper Jerzy Dudek was able to stop the shot with his feet.

The ball remained in play and Dudek blocked a follow up blast from Czech Tomas Galasek with his forearm moments later.

Liverpool's best chance came on 52 minutes, when Senegalese forward El Hadji Diouf found himself in a one-on-one situation with Ajax's Maarten Stekelenburg only to fire straight at the keeper.

"We needed to shoot more, but I'm not dissatisfied," said coach Ronald Koeman after the game.

New Liverpool signing Harry Kewell added: "I felt good. That's what I was looking forward to, getting through the game.

The lads have been great with me - I can't thank them enough
Harry kewell
"It was disappointing that I missed the trip (to Asia) because it was a good time to bond with them (his new Liverpool team-mates).

"The lads have been great with me, I can't thank them enough."

Kewell admitted he did not mind where he was selected to play by manager Gerard Houllier.

"As long as I'm on the field I don't really care," he said. "At the end of the day it's up to the manager where he wants to play me. It's something I'm comfortable with.

"I'm loving every minute of it."

Inter Milan defeated Turkey's Galatasaray 3-0 in Friday's other game.

BBC Sport's Ashish Sharma
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