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country flag Champions League Round Grp D (5)
Tue 01 December 2020 20:00
Referee
Tobias Stieler (GER)
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526 KM
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Liverpool

Last updated: Tue 01 December 2020 19:45
In Brief

Home defeat vs. Atalanta last week left them exposed in group and in need of points. Staffing situation remains critical! Van Dijk, Gomez, Thiago, Millner and Alexander-Arnold sidelined. Also Keita amongst those deemed doubtful.

Looking Back

Liverpool lost 0:2 at home vs. Atalanta last week and this means that Reds have just 2-point lead over 2 teams so they can’t afford another defeat now. Those were first dropped points in group though with Liverpool able to win first 3 games.

The combination of lots of injuries and crazy schedule sees coach Klopp forced to use many teenagers these days. He had to do so again on Saturday for away game vs. Brighton, with this major factor why Liverpool were on back foot for long and in the end achieved only 1:1 draw.

Looking Ahead

Coach Klopp still without 3 of his 4 starters in defence, but after being given proper rest at weekend Matip should be ready and forms partnership in heart of defence with versatile midfielder Fabinho.

Bad news keeps coming though with versatile Milner pulling muscle at weekend. If he’s to miss teenager Neco Williams might have to start at right-back.

Situation in midfield also critical with Keita and Thiago amongst large group of players from this area that also nurse injuries. Captain Henderson made return after injury at weekend though and he should be ready to start now.

Points of Interest

Tend to start games fast with 7 of their 8 goals in group so far scored in first halves of matches.

Ajax

Last updated: Tue 01 December 2020 19:45
In Brief

Coming from a very easy 0-5 win in Emmen. Awaited by a very important match in Liverpool. Kudus out for long.

Looking Back

It was a one-way game, dominated by the Lancers since the beginning, 3 goals in the first half and 2 in the second. Even the numbers are all in Ajax's favor, 75% ball possession, 27 shots to 3, 12 corners to zero.

Thanks to the 9th victory in 10 games, the team of Ten Hag stay on top of the table.

In Champions League Ajax share the 2nd place of their Group with Atalanta, both with 7 points, 2 behind Liverpool.

Looking Ahead

Next Tuesday they travel to Liverpool for the 5th match of Group D. Gaining points would be of paramount importance to play the chance to go to the next stage in the last match against Atalanta.

Midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who underwent surgery to the meniscus, will be back only after the winter break.

Points of Interest

In the main European competition Ajax played only once in Liverpool, back in 1966 they drew 2-2 at Anfield. Few weeks ago at the Johan Cruijff ArenA Liverpool won 0-1.

Manager Comments

Ten Hag: "We have to play our own game and we will try to do that. We know there will be a lot of pressure. We will therefore have to be on the ball and use the space behind their last line. We have of course heard that they have problems in terms of injuries, but they are still at the top of Premier League. That says it all".

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Ajax

Last updated: Tue 01 December 2020 19:45
In Brief

Coming from a very easy 0-5 win in Emmen. Awaited by a very important match in Liverpool. Kudus out for long.

Looking Back

It was a one-way game, dominated by the Lancers since the beginning, 3 goals in the first half and 2 in the second. Even the numbers are all in Ajax's favor, 75% ball possession, 27 shots to 3, 12 corners to zero.

Thanks to the 9th victory in 10 games, the team of Ten Hag stay on top of the table.

In Champions League Ajax share the 2nd place of their Group with Atalanta, both with 7 points, 2 behind Liverpool.

Looking Ahead

Next Tuesday they travel to Liverpool for the 5th match of Group D. Gaining points would be of paramount importance to play the chance to go to the next stage in the last match against Atalanta.

Midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who underwent surgery to the meniscus, will be back only after the winter break.

Points of Interest

In the main European competition Ajax played only once in Liverpool, back in 1966 they drew 2-2 at Anfield. Few weeks ago at the Johan Cruijff ArenA Liverpool won 0-1.

Manager Comments

Ten Hag: "We have to play our own game and we will try to do that. We know there will be a lot of pressure. We will therefore have to be on the ball and use the space behind their last line. We have of course heard that they have problems in terms of injuries, but they are still at the top of Premier League. That says it all".

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