Dutch champions, Ajax welcome Premier League champions, Liverpool to Johan Cruyff Enviornment of their opening Group D conflict in 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.
This group additionally comprises Atalanta and Midtjylland which means that victory right here shall be essential for both crew to construct momentum heading into a quick and livid fortnight of matches throughout completely different competitions.
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Ajax haven’t any recent damage issues with a full squad out there for choice.
Liverpool shall be with out defender, Virgil van Dijk after the Dutch worldwide suffered a severe knee damage in Saturday’s 2-2 draw towards Everton.
Thiago Alcantara (knee) and Naby Keita (health) are doubts while Alisson (shoulder), Joel Matip (muscle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) stay absent.
- Ajax are unbeaten in two earlier conferences towards Liverpool, again in December 1966 in European Cup (W1, D1).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in six conferences towards Dutch opposition this century (W5, D1), of which 4 of these clashes have been towards PSV.
- Ajax have gained simply one in every of their final 5 ties towards English opposition (W1, D1, L3).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in two of their final three opening Champions League video games in a brand new season (W1, D1, L1).
- Mohamed Salah has scored in two of Liverpool’s final 4 European away journeys, with the Reds profitable on each events.
Though these groups haven’t met in 54 years, Ajax will definitely be viewing this as an enormous alternative to publish early factors on the board as a result of their dwelling kind this season has been spectacular, with ten targets in three dwelling outings which might imply a troublesome night time for Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s crew aren’t cautious.
Liverpool in the meantime come into this sport off the again of a promising efficiency at Everton during which they have been spectacular in going ahead but wasteful of pictures when via on objective, though their man marking was notably poor notably when coping with crosses and set items which Ajax ought to look to focus on with Van Dijk dominated out.
Both method, that is possible Liverpool’s hardest journey on this group but when they’ll present extra of their scientific edge which has been absent at occasions this season then they need to have sufficient however there shall be targets aplenty.
Prediction: Ajax 2-3 Liverpool