This should be an entertaining affair.
That was also the scoring line in Ajax’s last game before this showdown, but Heerenveen is hardly the kind of challenge Jürgen Klopp’s team will be facing tonight.
Fifty-four years after a masterclass from teenager Johann Cruyff, Liverpool are returning to Amsterdam to play against Ajax in the Champions League.
And here the dog is buried – not only Virgil van Dijk is offside, goalkeeper Alisson is still missing. And in 36 Champions League games under Klopp, Liverpool without the Brazilian between the posts has conceded an average of 1.50 goals, compared to 0.89 when he was still in the game.
Of course, Liverpool have conceded nine goals in their last two games – and two or more in four of their last seven competitive matches.
Ajax was eliminated in last season’s group stage despite scoring ten points, averaging three goals per game.
Liverpool’s away record is not exactly convincing, with the Reds having won only four of the last ten in all competitions, but they may have too much firepower to score more goals than they will inevitably concede.
So over 3.5 goals is a cheap Evens with thepools.com, over 2.5 is a tiny 2/5.
Liverpool has 7/10 to win, while Ajax will open 7/2 with a win. Liverpool wins and both teams score 13/8, and that is the best bet in the game.
Dusan Tadic stands for Ajax on penalties and has scored three goals in five competitive matches this season – all within the first 30 minutes of a match. He is 7:1 top scorer and always 2:1.
Mo Salah has scored in four of the Reds’ last seven international matches in Europe and is the top scorer with 16:5 and 4:5 at all times.