Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 2200 hrs.
Wednesday UCL action involves the top teams of English and Dutch football. Liverpool will be travelling to face the Holland Eredivisie stars Ajax at the Johan Cruijff Arena home to the Dutch Pro football club and is among the top performing teams in the league, with Liverpool being among the top best in the English Premier league.
The last UCL match between Liverpool and Ajax was a goal feast and with critics actually favoring the England team. The game statistics showed that Ajax could have pushed Liverpool even more. Liverpool are coming from a dramatic 2-2 draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby that result in Henderson late winning goal being canceled by a VAR decision and thus denying Klopp’s men the win.
Ajax come from a weekend full of goals with a 5-1 win over Heerenveen with Dusan Tadic’ seeing the back of the net twice and taking them to 2nd position below PSV on the league table. In the 2019 UCL Ajax were denied the chance to face Liverpool after being knocked out by last minute win goal form Lucas.
Team tactics and formations.
Erick ten Hag’s men have only won out of six meetings with Liverpool and this may motivate them to beat their English rivals after they were heartbroken 2019 UCL semi-final match. The Amsterdam powerhouse has not reported any injuries or players who will miss the match and this may have increased the moral of players since key Liverpool players will miss out.
Ajax will be looking to take advantage of the adapting Liverpool side due to new players filling different positions in the match and this may result in an easy win for them against Liverpool since previous encounters has seen them being the underdogs to the reds.
Posiible lineup: Onana, Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico, Klaassen, Kudus, Promes, Neres, Tadic, Antony
Klopp will be missing the ‘brick wall’ Virgil Van Dijk to injury sustained during the weekend Merseyside derby which ruled him out with the dreaded ACL The team will miss their CB defender who will be replaced by Joe Gomez playing alongside Fabinho.
Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson is not 100% fit therefore Jurgen will have to settle with Adrian who is yet to keep a clean sheet this season and with Virgil out the game will be difficult since the Amsterdam powerhouse players are looking forward to defeating their long term English rivals and will take advantage of the injuries to win their Group D stage match.
Possible lineup 4-4-3; Adrian, Robertson, Trent, Fabinho, Gomez, Keita, Henderson, Minamino, Mane, Firminho, Salah.
Head to head
From of team; Ajax last six matches WLWWWW
; Liverpool DLDWWW
Ajax are this time round favorites to win the match with Liverpool moral being questionable after the horrible injury to Virgil, the Amsterdam powerhouse will be looking to get the win and is possible since absence of the top defender has resulted in a loss or draw for the reds. Both teams to score over 2.5 goals