Ajax legend pinpoints Liverpool’s weakness ahead of Champions League showdown

Ajax legend Marco van Basten has called on his old club to target Liverpool’s weakened defence when they meet in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Reds will be without three of their first-choice defenders as Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold sit out the match.

Fabinho and Joel Matip have performed admirably in the absence of the trio while youngsters Neco Williams, Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have also settled in.

A win for Ajax would put them above Liverpool in the group ahead of the final game of the group stages next week and Van Basten believes going on the attack is their best option.

Fabinho (L) has replaced Virgil van Dijk in defence for Liverpool

“They now have a number of other defenders, and they really make the mistakes,” Van Basten said on Dutch television show Rondo.

“If Ajax has to play against these guys, they really have to go on the attack.

“Defending is not Liverpool’s strongest point at the moment.”

Liverpool defender Rhys Williams

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The Williams pair could start for Liverpool against Ajax and ahead of the match, Klopp praised them for stepping up in their injury crisis.

He said: “Look, if somebody is a Liverpool youth or Academy player in general, he has already, for sure, a lot of talent – otherwise you can’t make the cut.

“When you then go through all these difficult moments in your youth academy career then you are already used to some difficult situations and some pressure.

“But when you come up and you make the final step and you have to play in a competitive game for the first team, that’s a different animal. I think the boys adapted really well.

“They did a lot of really good stuff, helped us enormously, are very important – not only in the moment, but especially in the moment.

“The only problem they have from time to time is that people compare them with the guy who played the position before them. They are, in our case, all world-class players and that makes it maybe kind of difficult for people to see clear how talented these boys are. But from my point of view, they did really, really well.”

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