Click Here for Video

 Liverpool are looking to book a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League when they host Ajax in their Group D match this week.

After two matches without a win, Liverpool will be looking forward to a comeback when they welcome Dutch heavyweights Ajax Amsterdam at Anfield in their penultimate Group D clash in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp and Co. He suffered his first European defeat last week, losing 2-0 to Atalanta, followed by a 1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday. However, despite losing in the last round, Liverpool remain top of the group and a win on Tuesday would confirm their place in the knockout stages.

Ajax are second in the group, two points behind Liverpool, after their 3-1 win over Midgeland last week. Erik Ten Hag's side are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions (W7 D1) and head to Anfield after their impressive 5-0 win over FC Emin in the Eredivisie. With Atalanta level on points for third place, Ajax will look to win on Tuesday.

The reverse match at the Amsterdam Arena ended in a 1--0 victory for Liverpool thanks to a goal by Nicolas Tagliaviku. It was also the last time Ajax lost a match in any competition. Ahead of their final meeting at Anfield, The Hard Tackle took a closer look at both teams.

Team news and tactics


Klopp will again miss the summer contract with Thiago Alcantara, while the likes of Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dyck, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold will remain off the field as well. James Milner became Liverpool's latest victim, as he was injured against Brighton, with the coach confirming the veteran's exclusion from the competition.

Nathaniel Phillips is ineligible to participate as he was not registered in the Champions League squad, which would be a blow considering how impressed he is at the weekend. He should be replaced by Joel Matip at the center of the Liverpool defense with Fabinho at his side

Nico Williams had a smelly weekend and was pushed back in between. However, with no real options at the manager's disposal, the youngster must start over at right-back while Andrew Robertson appears on the left. Alison Baker will be the goalkeeper for the home team.

Captain Jordan Henderson's return to fitness last weekend was a major boost for Liverpool. He should come in sixth on Tuesday, with Jorginho Wijnaldum in midfield position. Naby Keita doubted the contest.

The top four are Diogo Guetta, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah themselves in the final third. Firmino must work in the pit behind Salah, who will start the lead with Jota and Mane running on the wings.

Potential line-up (4-2-3-1): Allison; Williams, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson Vignaldum; Jota, Firmino, Mane; Salah


Unlike Liverpool, Ajax has a very short injury list, with Mohamed Kudos being the only unavailable player at Eric Ten Hag's disposal on the trip to Merseyside. Visitors should play 4-3-3 at Anfield, with Andre Onana lining up sticks

Naseer Mazraoui must be kept at right back, while Nicolas Tagliavico must return to the other side after resting at the weekend. Bear Shores, who have been linked with a move to Liverpool, must feature Lisandro Martinez at the center of the Ajax defense.

Former Manchester United star Daley Blend should be playing the defensive midfielder, having rested against Emman. Teenager Ryan Grafenberg, who stands on the Manchester United and Barcelona radars, is confirmed in the middle of the park with Davy Classen, who scored at the weekend and is also a sure start.

David Neres made a substitute appearance in the last match but should get a nod from Anfield right winger. Dusan Tadic is a guaranteed primary player on the left who will be looking to capitalize on Neco Williams' lack of experience and confidence, following his weekend performances. Lasina Traore must be in the center of the attack.

Potential Lineup (4-3-3): Unana; Mazraoui, Shore, Martinez, Tagliaviko; Classen Blind Gravenberch; Neres, Traore, Tadic


Liverpool 2-2 Ajax

Ajax heads into the match against the backdrop of an impressive series of performances and faces the Liverpool defensive line that is missing key members, and they will imagine their chances of finding the net. At the same time, their all-out attacking style can open up spaces in the back that would otherwise play out in the hands of Premier League champions.

We might be in a fun relationship on a Tuesday with loads of opportunities and goals on paper. The hard tackle predicts this will end in a high-scoring draw.

Post a Comment

Previous Post Next Post