Liverpool host Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday night as they seek to recover from their humiliating 4-1 away loss to Napoli in the Champions League earlier this month. The Reds will be keen to improve and score the most in this home game.
Jurgen Klopp will stick to his preferred 4-3-3 formation and could make some changes to his starting XI in this European clash. Darwin Nunez and Thiago Alcantara are expected to play from the start as Liverpool look to get back to their strongest side in this game.
4-3-3 Liverpool’s planned line-up against Ajax
Alisson Becker will play between the sticks for Merseyside after scoring four goals against Napoli in their last European game. Joel Matip has the chance to play alongside Virgil van Dijk in Klopp’s defence. Their main goal is to stay high when Ajax attack and defend their box well.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will fill the right-back role as he continues to carry the bulk of Liverpool’s creative burden. Andrew Robertson is expected to do another tough job on the other side as a left-back. Klopp will ask them both to choose when they join the attack.
Joe Gomez, who recently struggled against Napoli, will be available on the bench as he provides cover for the centre-back position.
Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Xavi Elliott could make up Liverpool’s midfield for this game. The talented third midfielder will try to control possession in midfield and create good chances in the attacking third.
James Milner will likely come off the bench in this game as he tries to play his best. The experienced midfielder could be available within 45 seconds if needed.
Luis Diaz will stay on the left flank after Napoli’s goalscoring display. He will be Klopp’s best hope to score this week.
Mohamed Salah is not at his best at the moment. As such, the Egypt international can be expected to be hungry for goals when he takes on the Ajax defender in midweek.
If the Reds are to score by then, Roberto Firmino will have to settle for a place on the bench while he waits for his chance to catch the eye as a late substitute.