2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Liverpool vs Ajax

Liverpool welcome Ajax to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds look to bounce back from their defeat in Group D last week and book a spot in the knockout stages of 2020-21 UEFA Champions League. 

Victory would see Liverpool qualify and potentially as group winners if Atalanta fail to beat Midtjylland in the other Group D clash, whereas a win would see Ajax move top and Liverpool slip out of the knockout qualification spots if Atalanta do defeat Midtjylland.

 

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James Milner is ruled out for Liverpool after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday’s draw against Brighton.

Naby Keita (hamstring) could return but Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf) and Xherdan Shaqiri (muscle) remains absent alongside Thiago Alcantara, Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who all are still sidelined with knee injuries.

Ajax have a near full squad available for selection with Mohammed Kudus their only absentee due to a knee injury.

 

Stat Attack

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in two of three previous meetings against Ajax (W1, D1, L1).
  • Ajax are yet to win or lose at Anfield after drawing 2-2 in their only previous trip to the Reds in December 1966.
  • Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has scored eight goals in six of the Reds’ last eight matches across all competitions.

 

Prediction

After their unexpected defeat to Atalanta last week, I expected Liverpool to hit back with a stronger performance at Brighton on Saturday but they were uncharacteristically sluggish against the Seagulls, who seemed to cause real trouble with crosses and through balls for much of the game.

Ajax meanwhile have had to dig deep in their last two Champions League matches against Midtjylland so if they turn up and play aggressively with a solid defence, they could very well cause some issues for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds but I feel that Liverpool won’t waste their second shot at sealing qualification.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Ajax

Result: Liverpool 1-0 Ajax

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