Liverpool can potentially t secure their spot in the Champions League knockout stages with victory tonight against Ajax.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sit top of the group and stand on the brink of qualification, but come into this match on the back of a difficult week having been beaten 2-0 by Atalanta last Wednesday and then drawing with Brighton at the weekend.
The Liverpool boss will also be well aware of the scale of the task after just about getting the better of Ajax in a close match earlier on in their Champions League campaign.
Stick with Sportsmail for all the live action from this one, including score updates from the other Group D match between Atalanta and FC Midtjylland.
12′ Ajax slightly fortunate to get away with conceding a penalty as Mane gets in behind to latch on to a ball over the defence before Schurrs nudges him in the back to send him over. That’s a couple of times Liverpool have got in behind Ajax who seem to be playing with quite a high defensive line. They’ll have to be careful of that. This game is really open at the moment and there’s certainly a few goals in this.
10′ The game is settling into a bit of a pattern here. Ajax enjoying more possession but Liverpool are pressing well, forcing them into mistakes and then countering with purpose. No goals as of yet but Klopp’s men certainly look the more likely to find the breakthrough.
6′ Liverpool pounce on a mistake from Klassen in midfield to win the ball high up the pitch. Salah drifts into the box and tries to work a shooting opportunity before laying it back to Jones, who is again hoovering outside the box. The forward bends it with power first time and has Onana beaten all ends up but the Ajax keeper is saved by the post.
5′ Ajax looking very comfortable in possession. Already, there’s been a few examples of how sharp and inventive they can be going forward. No real chances for them yet but they’ve been impressive in these five minutes.
2′ Mane picks up on a poor defensive header and slots through Jota who is momentarily in behind. Mane’s pass is just behind him though so the forward has to chop back. He unselfishly tees up Curtis Jones on the edge of the box but the youngster hits it straight down Onana’s throat.
And we are off.
If you need to nip to the loo or nuke tonight’s ready meal, now would be the time to do it. Just five minutes until we get underway here at Anfield.
Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch is one to look out for tonight
The 18-year-old describes himself as a ‘contortionist,’ invites comparisons with Paul Pogba and says he dreams of playing with Messi at Barcelona… so can he dazzle at Anfield tonight?
Find out more about the wonderkid who is wanted by Manchester United and Juventus below.
Why is Ajax wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch attracting such attention?
His stunning goal against Midtjylland in the Champions League brought him to wider attention and now Ryan Gravenberch will play at Anfield when Ajax take on Liverpool.
Liverpool stars are out on the pitch warming-up… not much longer to go now
More of an upbeat pre-match playlist type of guy…
… but I’m not exactly sure what is driving Ajax on right now as they get settled into their surroundings at Anfield.
Switching headphones to compare tracks, youngster Ryan Gravenberch seems cool, calm and collected right now.
Your favourite song before a match? 🎧#UCL #livaja pic.twitter.com/rdlj7MtQac
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) December 1, 2020
Watch what happened the last time these two teams faced each other
Here’s how the table looks ahead of tonight’s games
Plenty at stake for both teams. Win and Liverpool will essentially confirm their spot in the knockout rounds. But lose and they could drop out of the top two altogether if Atalanta also beat Midtjylland, as you’d fancy them to do. Ajax need a positive result or could find themselves in a straight shootout with Atalanta on the last matchday next week.
This is the Ajax team who will face Liverpool
🌟 Star man tonight will be: _______#UCL #livaja https://t.co/DYLHOj5jQr pic.twitter.com/FlGHzDAuQE
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) December 1, 2020
Here’s how Liverpool will line-up tonight…
It’s a rare start in goal for Caoimhin Kelleher as Alisson is rested as a precaution due to a tight leg muscle in another injury blow to Jurgen Klopp.
Roberto Firmino starts on the bench as Diogo Jota keeps his place in attack. Curtis Jones also comes into the side to start in midfield.
The Reds to face @AFCAjax 👊🔴
Alisson is out as a precaution due to a tight leg muscle.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 1, 2020
Good evening, folks
And welcome to tonight’s live blog of Liverpool vs Ajax.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will virtually secure qualification from the group regardless of what happens elsewhere with victory over the Dutch giants but Ajax have their own ambitions and proved to be tricky customers the last time they played Liverpool.
And after the week Klopp has had, this could be a very close encounter.
I have the privilege of running you through all the action and will also be keeping you in the loop with what’s going on in the other match in Group D between Atalanta and FC Midtjylland.
We are still a way away from kick-off, which is at 8pm this evening, but stick around as we have plenty of build-up to bring you.