Ajax is looking for bonus points in Liverpool

A look at the overcrowded sick bay of the opponent shows that Ajax could have hit the champions of England at a worse time. Trainer Jürgen Klopp of the home team cannot rely on Virgil van Dijk, Thiago, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Naby Keïta, Xherdan Shaqiri and Trent Alexander-Arnold. “That is a nice list, but they are still just co-leaders of the Premier League,” said Ten Hag. “And we still play against players who became champions of England last year and won the Champions League a season earlier.”

Ajax has an almost fit selection. Only Mohammed Kudus is missing. He dropped out during the lost home game against Liverpool (0-1). “We missed many opportunities in that game,” said Ten Hag. “But if we had been more courageous, we would have had more opportunities. That’s the lesson we learned.”

Better attuned to each other

Ajax is now a lot better than more than a month ago when Liverpool was in Amsterdam. “We are better attuned to each other,” said Ten Hag. “The form of a few players is growing. We are also fresh. It makes a difference that we did not play in the spring. In previous years we also had to play football during the summer break because we had to participate in the preliminary rounds. We also came in November, December and January in trouble for injuries. “

Ajax is still unbeaten outside Amsterdam after eleven group matches and five qualifying matches in the Champions League under Ten Hag. That is quite an achievement when you consider that the club visited clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur during that period. “We want to play our own game again and be on the ball well,” said Ten Hag. “We won’t start as a favorite, but we can be difficult to play.”


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