Ajax vs Liverpool: UEFA Champions League Preview, Gameweek 5, 2022
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Players of Liverpool observe a minute silence to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died away at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022, prior to the UEFA Champions League group A match between Liverpool FC and AFC Ajax at Anfield on September 13, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Liverpool can seal their progress to the Champions League round of 16 if they avoid defeat in Amsterdam. 

Consecutive victories over Rangers, including a 7-1 thrashing away at Ibrox, has left the Reds in a favourable position. 

The competition has been a welcome distraction from a poor Premier League campaign so far, however they looked to have turned a corner after wins over Manchester City and West Ham before losing to newly-promoted Nottingham Forest last weekend. 

An Ajax victory means that Jurgen Klopp's side would need a point in their final game against Napoli to secure qualification.

The Italians have already qualified for the knockout stages after winning every single group game so far, including a 4-1 victory over Liverpool and a 6-1 win away at Ajax

A late Joel Matip header was the difference between the teams on matchday two, after Mohammed Kudus had cancelled out Mohamed Salah's opener. 

Liverpool 

Last time's match-winner Matip misses out, his recovery from a calf injury is taking longer than expected and Thiago Alcantara is still recovering from the ear infection that kept him out of the loss to Forest at the weekend.

Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz will not return until after the World Cup. 

However Darwin Nunez and Ibrahima Konate are available after returning to training after their hamstring and muscle injuries respectively. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita have returned to training but will not feature due to their omission from the Champions League squad. 

Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker is expected to make his 200th Reds appearance.

Ajax

Kudus is expected to get the nod over Brian Brobbey, despite the latter scoring a brace in last weekend's 4-1 win at RKC Waalwijk. 

Midfielder Kenneth Taylor is a doubt with a muscle strain and youngsters Ahmetcan Kaplan, Mohamed Ihattaren and Devyne Rensch are also ruled out.

  • Likely lineups

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott; Nunez, Firmino, Salah 

Ajax: Pasveer; Sanchez, Bassey, Timber, Blind; Berghuis, Alvarez, Klaassen; Bergwijn, Kudus, Tadic

  • Key Players

Liverpool- Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian bagged the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history in the Reds' last Champions League match. 

He then scored the winner in the win against Man City. 

The burden on Liverpool's attacking players is now even heavier with the long-term losses of Diaz and Jota; if anyone can step-up in their absence, it is Salah. 

Ajax- Edson Alvarez

Linked with a summer move to Chelsea, Barcelona are now rumoured to be interested in the 25-year-old as a potential Sergio Busquets replacement. 

He was also linked to a reunion with former manager Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, due to his ability to play in the six or as a central defender. 

He will be crucial to breaking up the play and setting up counter attacks for the hosts.

  • Match details

Where is the game being played?

The game is being played at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. 

When is kick-off?

Kick-off is at 20:00 BST on Wednesday 26th October. 

How can I watch?

The match is live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 19:00 BST.

 

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