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Champions League: Ajax vs Liverpool Preview, Team News, possible lineup, Kick Off Time

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Liverpool travel to the Johan Cruyff ArenA to take on Ajax in their opening fixture of their 2020/21 Champions League campaign on Wednesday night.

It’s the first time the two European footballing giants have faced one another in over 50 years, and it promises to be a hugely entertaining encounter.

The fixture pits the 2019 winners and semi-finalists together, but both teams will be looking to put disappointing displays in last season’s competition behind them.

 

Team News

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from. The Dutch manager, who oversaw a domestic double in 2018/19, was able to rest key players Quincy Promes and Antony at the weekend and still be able to watch his side come away with a 5-1 victory. Club captain, and former Southampton player, Dusan Tadic continues to excel during his time in the Netherlands with three goals and two assists in his first five games of the new season.

Jurgen Klopp, on the other hand, has several injuries to star players to contend with. Virgil van Dijk is expected to be out for the majority of the season after sustaining ligament damage in his knee following Jordan Pickford’s horror challenge in the Merseyside derby at the weekend.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and goalkeeper Alisson Becker also remain absent through injury, while Joel Matip and Naby Keita are serious doubts for this opening Group D fixture. Summer signing Thiago is another who could miss the trip to Amsterdam after being on the receiving end of a robust Richarlison tackle.

 

Predicted Lineups

Ajax: Onana, Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico, Gravenberch, Klaassen, Kudus, Neres, Tadic, Promes.

 

Liverpool: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Gomez, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

 

Kick Off

Wednesday 21 October @ 20:00

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.

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