Ajax head to Anfield on Tuesday for a crucial Champions League clash with Liverpool. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Ajax’s wins over Midtjylland have put them in a great position to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, but they now face two crucial games against Liverpool away and Atalanta at home.

Ajax began the group stage with a slender 1-0 loss against Liverpool in a game that Erik ten Hag’s side dominated but failed to take their chances. They will now be looking for revenge when they take on Liverpool at Anfield.

Ajax go into the game in top form, having won their last six Eredivisie games, scoring 36 goals. The 5-0 win over Heracles at the weekend, keeps them two points clear at the top of the Eredivisie.

Liverpool failed to confirm their place in the knockout rounds last week when they lost 2-0 at home to Atalanta but a win over Ajax will send them into the last 16.

At the weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s side drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion, leaving them second in the Premier League table.

Team News

Ajax have no fresh injury concerns after the weekend with Erik ten Hag able to recall Daley Blind to the squad.

Mohammed Kudus is the only long term absentee.

Ten Hag will need to decide whether he continues with Lassina Traore through the middle or goes with the pace of Antony and Neres.

Possible Ajax line-up: Onana, Mazraoui, Tagliafico, Schuurs, Blind, Gravenberch, Klaassen, Labyad, Antony, Neres, Tadic

Liverpool have a host of injuries with Virgil van Dijk of course out for months with a knee issue.

James Milner, Thiago, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Trent Alexander Arnold are also all out.

Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip should be back in contention though.

Possible Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Matip, Fabinho, N. Williams, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Odds

Liverpool 4/6 Draw 16/5 Ajax 15/4

Can Ajax stun the Premier League champions?

There is currently no better time for Ajax to be facing Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp’s side decimated by injury issues all over the field.

Ajax showed they can go toe to toe with Liverpool in the first game and were very unlucky not to get at least a draw. They are in free-scoring form in the Eredivisie and against a patched up Liverpool defence they should get chances.

Liverpool still have plenty of threat in the attack and Klopp will have his side fired up, but Ajax have showed countless times that they are better away from home in Europe than in Amsterdam. They haven’t lost an away game in the Champions League since 2018, a run stretching 11 games.

Avoiding a defeat will put Ajax in a good spot heading into the must win final group game against Atalanta.




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