UCL second group stage match will see Liverpool hosting the dutch champions on Tuesday night while Ajax continues their good run of form.
Ajax are in imperious form in the Eredivisie, having just won 5-0 this weekend. Now, the Dutch giants will get ready to face Merseyside giants at Anfield. With six of the last ten championships, including the last three, Ajax have a stronghold on the Dutch top division.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are coming to face Ajax with a week gap between their last game. This weekend’s Premier League match round was postponed as a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Therefore, the Reds play back-to-back Champions League fixtures. The Reds will be looking forward to opening their victory account against Ajax as they have already lost the first group stage match against Napoli 4 – 1.
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Ajax haven’t always been able to carry that success over to Europe. Failing to advance past the group stage in two of the last three seasons and last time in the round of 16. They have only advanced past the last 16 only once in the previous 20 years, losing to Tottenham in the semifinals at the very last moment to set up Liverpool’s victory in Madrid.
Under new management in Alfred Schreuder, Ajax are in brilliant form. Saturday evening brought their seventh straight win in all competitions and, secured a 5-0 victory over SC Heerenveen. Their fifth consecutive clean sheet in Eredivisie.
Ajax’s last win against Liverpool in European games came in December 1966. The last time these two met was in the 2020/21 season group stage. The Reds won both games home and away 1 – 0. The dutch Champions are winless against the English side in the last 5 UCL games (D1 L4).
Schreuder only made one change from the 4-0 demolition of Rangers in the Champions League opener. Replacing Davy Klaassen in place of Steven Berghuis to form a three-man midfield. A player to watch in Ajax is Dusan Tadic wearing the captain’s armband, the 33-year-old pulls the strings for the Amsterdam club.
Liverpool are coming to the game with a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby and a humiliating 4 – 1 defeat against Napoli. The Reds have the possession they do create a lot of chances but the finishing boots are missing. Moreover, the concerning thing is that Klopp’s troops are conceding goals in the first half of almost every game.
Liverpool have hit the ground running like last year when they were firing goals week in and out. They need this win for the team and for their fans and there is no better place than Anfield to do it. YNWA!