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Liverpool vs Ajax expected squads: Team news ahead of today’s Champions League game

The Champions League returns to Anfield on Tuesday night with the second week of play in the group stage – and Liverpool need a much better performance to score their first points.

A terrible performance in defeat to Napoli left Jurgen Klopp asking questions about the team’s direction, and his recovery over the weekend was rejected as all Premier League games were canceled.

Ajax alone defeated the Rangers in the first week of the competition and are flying home again, so it will be a much tougher challenge for the Reds than when the two sides met in the group stage two years ago, when Liverpool won 1-0 on both occasions.

The likes of Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara may be called upon to increase Liverpool’s chances given the lack of impression made by recent beginners in a poor start to the season for the Merseyside club.

Here’s everything you need to know before playing.

When is Liverpool vs Ajax?

The Reds will face the best of Amsterdam on Tuesday 13 September at 20:00 BST at Anfield.

Where can i watch it?

This match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can stream the game via the BT Sport app and the desktop website.

What’s the band’s news?

Thiago, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota have returned to full training for Liverpool and at least a few will be hoping for cancellations to help the weak side. Caoimhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones and Fabio Carvalho remain in doubt, while Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ibrahima Konate are definitely absent until at least the international break. Last week’s starters including James Milner, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold were able to come out on the sidelines after lousy performances, although Klopp is a bit bothered by how much he can make a difference due to these injuries. Andy Robertson is another absent injury.

Ajax is without Francisco Conceicao and Owen Wijndal due to injury, although Calvin Bassey is available and traveled with the team after being hit. It’s unlikely that they will have a completely different roster than the team that destroyed the Rangers, but at least in the middle of the field a decision has to be made whether Kenneth Taylor or Davy Klaassen will start. The alternative is Mohammed Kudus going deeper, with Brian Brobbey as # 9.

Expected lineups

LIV – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Diaz, Darwin

AJX – Pasveer, Rensch, Timber, Bassey, Blind, Alvarez, Berghuis, Taylor, Bergwijn, Kudus, Tadic


Liverpool 4/7

Draw 41/10

Ajax 24/5


Unless Liverpool show dramatically better results after their early season appearances, they will be lucky to take it all here. Liverpool 1-2 Ajax.


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