Liverpool are set to welcome Ajax for a Champions League clash at Anfield on Tuesday evening (8pm, UK time).
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Where to watch Liverpool vs Ajax on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: Paramount+
Liverpool and Ajax have faced off in one previous Champions League campaign in 2020/21, with the Reds winning both games 1-0 home and away in the group stage. Ajax are looking for their first win over Liverpool since December 1966, beating them 5-1 in the European Cup. However, the Amsterdam side are winless in their last five Champions League games against English opponents (one draw and four losses).
Klopp: Napoli defeat was “worst game” of Liverpool tenure
Last week Liverpool suffered a 4-1 loss to Napoli, their joint-heaviest Champions League defeat. The Reds were pulled apart by their hosts in Italy and could have been more than 3-0 down at half-time, with Napoli spurning a number of chances including a Victor Osimhen penalty.
It wasn’t Liverpool’s heaviest defeat under Jurgen Klopp, that remains the 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, when the Red were defending champions. There was also a 5-0 defeat by Manchester City in 2017/18. However, for Klopp the defeat to Napoli was the worst Liverpool have played in his tenure.
“I watched the game back plenty of times and it was a real horror show to be honest. It was the worst game we played since I was here,” he told reporters.
“Eight out of 11 were below their level and the three others were not on a top level, just a normal game. I have to do something, I can’t sit there and wait for how we react. Is this the situation I wanted? No. But now you are in it you find it interesting and challenging.
“(We had a) general meeting, showing these situations and they are too obvious. It was not needed to say a lot about it but I did anyway. Did I question the players? Generally, no. In this situation, yes. ‘Why would you do that? Why would we do that?’
“When James Milner arrives too late in a challenge and we lose challenges where we would usually win them you know something is wrong. There are four or five days now of absolute truth. We didn’t hide anything, we didn’t hold back anything, there was no need for that.
“We just said it how it is, but not to knock the players down or whatever, just to make sure where we are now is the starting point for us and we make sure we sort the problems together on the pitch.
“There was no pointing at each other, that was the good thing about the game pretty much.”
Liverpool team news
Klopp, who is missing a handful of players such as Ibrahima Konaté, Naby Keïta and Jordan Henderson, could make some changes. Darwin Núñez, Diogo Jota and Thiago are pushing for starts while Joel Matip may come in for Joe Gomez, who struggled against Napoli’s attack.
Ajax team news
Mohammed Kudus has four goals and one assist in his last three appearances and could retain his spot at Brian Brobbey’s expense. Head coach Alfred Schreuder is only missing left-back Owen Wijndal from the Amsterdammers’ first-team squad but he shouldn’t make too many changes from their impressive 4-0 win over Rangers, meaning the likes of Jorge Sánchez, Davy Klaassen, Lucas Ocampos and the aforementioned Brobbey have to settle for a spot on the bench.
Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Ajax
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