Wednesday, October 21st Ajax and Liverpool face each other in the Johan Cruyff Arena. At 21:00 CET the Champions League campaign of both clubs will commence.
The match will be played without fans as the local governmental rules apply for games in the Champions League. The prime minister of The Netherlands has prohibited any fans at football games. This means that the enchanting atmosphere of the Johan Cruyff Arena in the Champions League will be missed.
- This will be the third time Ajax and Liverpool play against each other in a European tournament. In 1966 (!) Ajax beat Liverpool at home 5-1 before drawing 2-2 away.
- Expect a lot of goals: This season, in the Eredivisie, Ajax scored 11 goals and conceded 3 in 5 games. In the Premier League, Liverpool scored 13 goals and conceded 13 goals in 5 games.
- The teams are part of group D which also includes Atalanta Bergamo (Italy) and FC Midtjylland (Denmark).
- This is the third season in a row that Ajax competes in the Champions League. After reaching the Semi-Finals in 2018/2019 Ajax got eliminated in the group stage in 2019/2020.
- Liverpool star player Virgil van Dijk will be out for approximately 8 months with an ACL injury, Alisson Becker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also miss out on the game. Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip are still unsure.
Recent form Ajax: WWWLW
Recent form Liverpool: WWDLD
Ajax seeks to profit from Liverpool’s injuries and bad form as they lost against Aston Villa (7-2), drew against Arsenal (0-0) and Everton (2-2).
Expected XI Ajax: Onana, Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico, Klaassen, Gravenberch, Kudus, Neres, Tadic, Promes.
Expected XI Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Fabinho, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané.
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