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Ajax vs Liverpool: Champions League preview


Liverpool head to Amsterdam on Wednesday looking to avoid an opening-game slip-up against Ajax in the Champions League.

Both teams would have been disappointed with their exploits in the competition last season, tomorrow’s hosts in particular after failing to advance from their group.

Injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara have rocked the six-time winners and Jurgen Klopp will be making sure such concerns are translated onto the pitch.


Date, time and venue

Ajax vs Liverpool is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesay, October 21, 2020.

The match will be played behind closed doors at the Amsterdam ArenA with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 7pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Team news

Liverpool’s defensive options have been stretched further after Joel Matip did not train ahead of their Champions League opener against Ajax and is unlikely to travel.

The Reds are already without senior centre-back Virgil Van Dijk, out for several months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury which requires surgery, and losing Matip – who was spotted coming out of a Liverpool hospital at the weekend – is a further blow.

It means Liverpool are likely to line up with Joe Gomez and midfielder Fabinho in central defence.

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who injured a knee in a tackle which saw Everton’s Richarlison sent off in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, also did not train and is unlikely to play.

(AP)

Prediction: Ajax 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool will be without talisman Virgil van Dijk and summer midfield import Thiago, but their firepower up front will be enough to see off Ajax.

Jurgen Klopp will be aware of his side’s ropey defence of late, giving the hosts a little hope.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Ajax and Liverpool have played each other just twice before, coming in the old European Cup back in 1966. Ajax won 7-3 on aggregate.

Betting odds and tips

  • Ajax to win: 18/5
  • Draw: 16/5
  • Liverpool to win: 8/11
  • Liverpool to win 2-1: 7/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange. Click here to find out more.

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