Liverpool welcome Ajax to Anfield
A shock home defeat to Atalanta BC on matchday four saw Liverpool miss the chance to book their place in the last 16 and blow Group D wide open in the process, but Jurgen Klopp‘s side still only need one more win from their final two games to progress.
However, it does prevent Liverpool from being able to treat the final two games as dead-rubbers, which would have been an attractive prospect for a team so depleted by injuries.
Atalanta will be expected to beat pointless Midtjylland in Group D’s other match on Tuesday, which puts even more pressure on Ajax to get something from this visit to Anfield in order to prevent their matchday six showdown with Atalanta becoming a must-win affair.
Liverpool will, of course, be a step up in quality, but Ajax are unbeaten in their last 11 Champions League away games – their longest such run since September 1994 to March 1997 – while with qualifiers included that streak stretches to 17 matches.
The Dutch giants are also unbeaten in their last five Champions League visits to England – most recently last season’s unforgettable 4-4 draw with Chelsea – although Liverpool are undefeated in their last 14 games against Dutch opposition stretching back to their first-ever meeting with Ajax in 1966.