Liverpool will look to move on from its loss to Napoli in the opening fixture of the Champions League this season, when it hosts Ajax at Anfield, on Tuesday.
The Premier League side has struggled without its forward, Sadio Mane – who left for Bayern Munich this summer – with just three wins in nine matches this season.
After the loss to Napoli and following the sacking of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, LFC’s manager Jurgen Klopp was also rumoured to be at the risk of sacking after the 1-4 loss to Napoli.
However, the UCL runner-up last season and the Champion of Europe in 2019, will look to make amends to get over the rough patch under the German.
Ajax, on the other hand, has won seven games in a row since its loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Super Cup in July. The Dutch champion has shown no dip in form (in the league) since its manager Erik Ten Hag left for Manchester United before the start of this season.
Alfred Schreuder, the former Club Brugge and current Ajax manager, has already handed Ajax its first win in UCL, with a 4-0 win over Europa League runner-up Rangers.
When the two teams meet this time, Ajax will look to settle scores of a double, done by the Reds two years ago.
Liverpool and Ajax last locked horns two years ago, in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Both times, the Reds won the match with a one-goal difference.
Liverpool vs Ajax H2H
Liverpool 1-0 Ajax
Ajax 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-2 Ajax
Ajax 5-1 Liverpool
Liverpool comes into the match after a 1-4 loss to Napoli and a goalless draw to Everton in the Premier League. Ajax, on the other hand, beat SC Heerenveen 5-0 in its previous match and has also started its UCL campaign on a winning note, against Rangers.
Liverpool’s last five matches:
Napoli 4-1 Liverpool
Everton 0-0 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United
Liverpool 9-0 Bournemouth
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool
Ajax’s last five matches:
Ajax 5-0 SC Heerenveen
Ajax 4-0 Rangers
Ajax 4-0 Cambuur
FC Utrecht 0-2 Ajax
Sparta Rotterdam 0-1 Ajax
Liverpool vs Ajax predicted lineups:
Liverpool: Alison – Alexander-Arnold, Matip. Van Dijk, Tsimikas – Elliott, Fabinho, Thiago – Salah, Nunez, Diaz
Ajax: Pasveer – Rensch, Timber, Bassey, Blind – Berghuis, Alvarez, Taylor – Bergwijn, Kudus, Tadic
When and where to watch?
The Champions League fixture between Liverpool and Ajax is scheduled for a 12:30 am IST kick-off at Anfield in Liverpool, England.
The matches will be live telecast on the Sony Ten Network and will be live streamed on Sony LIV and JioTV.