Liverpool will face off against AFC Ajax at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Wednesday night hoping to kick off their UEFA Champions League campaign with a victory on the road. The Reds are struggling at the moment after shipping in nine goals in their past two outings which will dampen their spirits heading into this midweek clash in Europe.
Jurgen Klopp will probably stick with his favoured 4-3-3 formation and is expected to make a few changes to his first-team for this highly anticipated contest away at Amsterdam.
4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face AFC Ajax
Adrian will continue in between the sticks for the Merseyside outfit in the injury absence of Allison Becker. Virgil Van Dijk picked up a serious knee injury against the Toffees which will definitely rule him out of this clash in midweek. Joe Gomez will return to the first-team to play alongside Joel Matip at the heart of the Liverpool defence as they look to restrict the Ajax attackers from finding the back of the net.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been far from his best in recent weeks, so this game could be a perfect opportunity for him to return to form at right-back. Andrew Robertson suffered a knock in the derby but should be ready in time to feature as the left-back.
The Reds midfield will be comprised of Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Curtis Jones as Klopp looks to give his captain, Jordan Henderson a well-deserved rest on the bench following his heavy involvement in the Merseyside derby.
Thiago Alcantara could be sidelined after he was injured as a result of Richarlison’s horror challenge on Saturday. James Milner will be available for selection on the bench and could come on to influence the game in the second half if required.
Sadio Mane will once again operate down the left-back while Mohamed Salah looks to do some damage on the right. Both Liverpool wingers managed to get their names on the scoresheet in the derby which will give them a lot of momentum heading into this midweek showdown at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
Roberto Firmino will probably get the nod to lead the charge down the middle despite his poor form in front of goal so far this season. Both Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino will have to settle for a spot on the bench as they await their chance to impact the game as the second-half substitutes if Klopp decides to call upon their services.