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Liverpool team news & predicted line-up vs Ajax

Here is the latest Liverpool team news ahead of their Champions League clash with Ajax.

Liverpool face Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening at 8 pm UK time.

Ahead of the game, Liverpool sit second in their Champions League group with their spot in the knockout round all but secured.

The Reds have nine points from four games with a +6 goal difference. Ajax, meanwhile, are third with three points and on a -4 goal difference.

But whilst qualification is likely secured, Liverpool will have their sights set on top spot. Jurgen Klopp’s side are three points behind Napoli with a seven worse goal difference. So, they need to win their last two games and hope Napoli drop points vs Rangers in order for them to take 1st place off the Italians.

Ahead of the clash, 101GreatGoals takes a look at Liverpool’s team news.

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Predicted Liverpool XI vs Ajax

Liverpool team news

Luis Diaz

Luis Diaz was a key figure in Liverpool’s side for much of 2022.

This has left Liverpool’s left-hand side rather thin on the ground, meaning more minutes for Fabio Carvalho seems likely.

Joel Matip

Like Diaz, Matip was injured in the 3-2 loss to Arsenal earlier in October.

Klopp has previously said that he hopes Matip can return for the final few games before the World Cup: “Everything is going well, but he needs a bit of time. I think with him, it will be tight until the World Cup break; hopefully, in the last two or three games, he might be in contention, but I don’t know yet.”

On Tuesday, Klopp also confirmed Matip remains sidelined ahead of Ajax.

Ibrahima Konate

Konate sustained a muscle issue in the 7-1 defeat Rangers, having previously been sidelined for the opening two months of the season.

However, he has returned to full training this week and is back in contention to be involved vs Ajax: “Konate is here and ready to play minutes, I would say. Could play the first minutes but it wouldn’t make too much sense,” Klopp said.

Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota was expected to fill in for Diaz on Liverpool’s left flank whilst the South American was out.

However, Jota picked up a calf injury vs Manchester City and will now miss the World Cup.

Klopp said: “He will miss the World Cup. [It’s a] pretty serious injury in the calf muscle and now the recovery process starts. We can say that because he will not be in for a long time; we talk about months.”

Thiago

Thiago missed Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest with an ear infection.

And when speaking ahead of Ajax, Klopp confirmed the Spaniard remains out.

Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez missed out vs Forest due to a tight hamstring picked up vs West Ham. The striker is back in contention to feature vs Rangers though.

Naby Keita

Naby Keita has not played for Liverpool since the Community Shield defeat of Manchester City at the end of July.

Keita was ill before sustaining a muscle problem.

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