A justifiable two points separate the leading three teams in the Champions League Group D, heading into matchday five with Liverpool welcoming Fellow European royals AFC Ajax to Anfield.
Despite a desperate start of this year’s Premier League season, the Reds faced a lot of player injuries as a reason of tightly scheduled fixtures, the team stands second with 21 points and leading the Champions League with 9 points.
Traveling side Ajax also leading their domestic league Eredivisie with 27 points from 10 league fixtures. In Champions League they fancy to reach the next round but faces tough competition from Atalanta BC, both have 7 points from 4 fixtures.
LIVERPOOL VS AJAX MATCH PREVIEW:
The Reds succeeded with 9 points, followed by a well-deserving clash between Ajax and Atlanta with 7 points and Midtjylland, the least with 0 points.
The Merseyside Giants has won only one of their last four games in all competitions, following a run of five successive wins before that, although their only defeat in their last 10 happened because of the Atlanta in Matchday Four last week.
Atlanta will be facing the fight against Midtjylland in Group D’s other match on Tuesday, which puts utmost pressure upon Ajax to assure a clear win upon their visit to Anfield.
Ajax Champions League form: LDWW
Liverpool Champions League form: WWWL
LIVERPOOL VS AJAX TEAM NEWS:
Liverpool were successful in welcoming Jordan Henderson back from injury this weekend, paving the way for the captain to start this match.
No sooner than his return to the team, James Milner took his spot in the treatment room, on hold of a hamstring injury. He is confirmed by manager Klopp to take off for this match or Sunday’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Klopp also clears out Thiago Alcantara will miss this fixture as well.
Plenty of rotations in the fixture schedule are possible in the coming weeks, with Sadio Mane and Joel Matip resting for the weekend and Mohammed Salah withdrawing shortly within the hour mark.
Ajax is likely not to have the former Manchester United man Daley Blind after he sustained a hamstring injury against Midtjylland last week.
Mohammed Kudus is also a long-term absentee after requiring surgery picked up for his knee injury in the reverse fixture against Liverpool on matchday one.
Antony is returning fit, however will feature on Saturday overcoming a hamstring injury.
PREDICTED LINE-UPS AND PREDICTIONS:
Liverpool Predicted line-up:
Ajax Predicted Line-up:
The Dutch champions will have taken belief from Atlanta’s performance on Merseyside last week and perhaps even more from Liverpool’s uninspiring display – and they will arrive at Anfield very much in a winning habit.
Ajax will put up a good fight at Anfield next week, but Jurgen Klopp will be steeling his side to push for victory or, at the very least, not to lose as they abide to reclaim the European Cup.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Ajax
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