Ajax welcome Liverpool to the Johan Cruijff Arena for a crunch Champions League tie on Wednesday evening (8pm, UK time)
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After winning each of their last three Champions League matches, Liverpool know that just a point will be enough to see them make the last-16 for the sixth time under Jürgen Klopp.
Ajax’s fate is no longer in their own hands after three straight defeats in the competition, where they conceded 10 goals in their two matches against group leaders Napoli and a last gasp 2-1 defeat at Anfield in the reverse fixture.
Ajax team news
Alfred Schreuder has no new injury concerns, but Kenneth Taylor and Ahmetcan Kaplan will both miss out with knocks and Mohamed Ihattaren and Ahmetcan Kaplan won’t return before the World Cup.
Forward Mohammed Kudus, who has been directly involved in four goals in four Champions League matches this season, should come straight back into the starting XI after being rested for Ajax’s 4-1 win over RKC Waalwijk at the weekend. Steven Bergwijn, Davy Klaassen, Dusan Tadic and Daley Blind will all be relishing playing against Premier League opposition once more.
Edson Alvarez will also be itching to flex his midfield muscles against Premier League opposition having been heavily linked with Chelsea over the summer. The Mexican was thought to have been the subject of a mega bid from the Blues, but a deal ultimately failed to transpire.
Despite Alvarez’s growing reputation and considerable stock rise, Wesley Sneijder says he doesn’t understand the hype, believing the 25-year-old is nothing more than a sideways pass merchant and his former club, Ajax, should have bitten Chelsea’s hand off once a offer came in.
He told Veronica Offside: “[Alvarez] plays everything back or everything wide. He’s no use to you. They should have sent him to London very quickly. You really could have brought back two good, nice players for that.”
Liverpool team news
Jürgen Klopp has been handed a boost in midfield with Thiago returning to the squad after missing Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest with an ear infection, while forward Darwin Nunez, who has scored three goals in his last three starts for the club, could come straight back into the starting XI.
The Reds will be without Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Arthur however, who have all been ruled out with long term injuries. Joel Matip is expected to miss out once more at centre-back, but Ibrahima Konate could return after not featuring since Liverpool’s 7-1 thrashing of Rangers at the start of the month.
Mohamed Salah broke two Champions League records in his last appearance in the competition, coming off the bench to set the record for the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history (6 mins, 11 seconds) and becoming the highest scoring player for an English club in UCL history in the process, so there are no doubts that the Egyptian will start here.
Captain Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold should both return to the starting XI after being placed on the bench in their 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the weekend, something Richard Keys has criticised Jürgen Klopp for.
“Klopp cost Liverpool at Forest,” he wrote in his blog.
“His team selection was all wrong. I know they’ve got injury problems and losing Thiago late was a real blow, but you can’t then leave out Henderson and Alexander-Arnold.
“He had babies in midfield and they weren’t good enough. They tell me that Henderson needs to be ‘managed’ these days. Maybe he does, but he’s only started eight games this season. Surely he’s got more in his tank yet?”
Scoreline prediction: Ajax 1-2 Liverpool
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