How we expect Liverpool to line up against Ajax

The Reds’ star summer signing has not featured since being hurt in the Merseyside derby in October and is now expected to be out until the New Year with a knee injury suffered in a challenge from Everton’s Richarlison.

Jurgen Klopp has also provided an update on Virgil van Dijk’s recovery, saying the Dutchman’s knee “doesn’t look like a knee should” after surgery to repair ligament damage suffered in that same game at Goodison Park.

Van Dijk is likely to miss the remainder of the 2020/21 season, while Liverpool also remain without Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri.

England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is progressing well with his rehab from a calf issue, though is not ready to return yet.

James Milner will also miss the visit of Ajax in Group D, having sustained a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.

Captain Jordan Henderson returned from injury at half-time at the Amex and should start on Tuesday as Liverpool look to avoid defeat and secure qualification for the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.

Liverpool predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):  Alisson; N Williams, R Williams, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho; Salah, Firmino, Mane; Jota

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