Eight Liverpool players are set to sit out the Champions League match with Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday night. The Reds play hosts to the Dutch champions at Anfield on matchday five with the knowledge that a winwould take them to the next round of the competition. They were on course to qualify for the next stage ahead of the last matchday (matchday four) before the 2-0 loss to Atalanta derailed that plan with Josip Ilicic and club skipper Alejandro Gomez getting the goals for the Italians. The Reds would want to avoid the same mistake against Ajax Amsterdam and they have to this without eight of their first team players.
They come into the Ajax game on the back of the 1-1 drawat Brighton & Hove Albion in their league game at the weekend. Vice captain James Milner sustained a hamstring injury and was subbed off during that game. The veteran player will miss the Ajax match because of that injury. He played 73 minutes before being replaced by young midfielder Curtis Jones.
During his post-match press conference after the Brighton game on Saturday, Liverpool boss JurgenKlopp told reporters that the midfield duo of Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the Ajax Amsterdam clash as well as the Premier League match at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend due to various injuries. New signing Thiago Alcantara has not played since picking up a knee injury from a crude challenge by Everton forward Richarlison during the Merseyside Derby in the league in October, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not played this season because of the injury sustained in the summer.
The Liverpool quintet of Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and XerdanShaqiri will all miss the huge Champions League meeting with Dutch champions Ajax in Group D.