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STAR PREVIEW Weds: Ajax v Liverpool

The only guaranteed element of Liverpool’s games this season has been goals and we could have more entrainment as they start their Champions League campaign against Ajax. Much of the pre match discussion has been about the absence of Virgil van Dijk, who had his season all but ended thanks to an awful challenge by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby, but even then Liverpool’s games had mainly been about attacking rather than defending and the Reds had conceded 13 goals in the Premier League – a joint league high.

Included in their opening games is a 4-3 win against Leeds and that remarkable 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa, and the only clean sheet they kept this season was against Chelsea, when Frank Lampard’s side missed a second half penalty. Thankfully for Kopites, Liverpool have one of the best forward lines in the world and Mohamed Salah (six goals in all competitions this season) and Sadio Mane (four goals in all competitions) have already hit the ground running whilst new signing Diogo Jota has already got his name on the scoresheet too whilst Roberto Firmino acts as a crucial linkup.

Ajax v Liverpool
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
20:00 BT Sport 2 HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
First Meeting since 1966

Liverpool can also count on flying fullbacks Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold for attacking opportunity and they’ve had no problems finding the net – the only occasion upon which they haven’t scored was an EFL Cup encounter against Arsenal.

Unfortunately for them, Ajax have lost many of the incredible generation that took them to within seconds of the Champions League final two seasons ago – Matthijs De Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek are all departed – but Erik Ten Haag looks to have more useful prospects on his hands once again in midfielder Ryan Gravenberch (18) and striker Lassina Traore (19).

They also approach the group stages in good form, having won four of their five games apart from an unlucky defeat to Groningen when they won the shot count 9-13 and the corner count 11-1, and despite departures, the hosts side have plenty of threats – indeed seven different players have scored for them this season, including Antony and Dusan Tadic who have 6 goals in all competitions between them.

All but two of Liverpool’s games this season have seen both teams score and Over 2.5 goals, which looks the safest play tonight.

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