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Liverpool’s campaign continues to go from bad to worse in the Premier League, however, fortunes have been kinder to the Reds in Europe and Jurgen Klopp’s troops need just a single point from their final two Group A fixtures to book their passage to the Champions League’s knockout stage. Can Liverpool secure the result they need against Ajax in Amsterdam this evening?

Below, you’ll find our stats pack for the game which is packed with everything you need to know about shots, shots on target, cards, corners, xG and more from the teams’ domestic seasons so far. Use our research to power your bet builder selections later today.

Predicted Lineups

Ajax will be without the services of Mohamed Ihattaren Kenneth Taylor, Devyne Rensch and Ahmetcan Kaplan this evening.

Head Coach Alfred Schreuder named a full-strength team in Ajax’s 4-1 win at RKC Waalwijk on Saturday, though he did make five second half substitutions.

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Arthur, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are long-term absentees for Liverpool while Joel Matip and Naby Keita are still struggling to regain fitness.

Fabio Carvalho, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliot could all start in a youthful Liverpool midfield this evening.

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Team Stats

Ajax tend to have things all their own way in the Netherlands and their underlying stats for the Eredivisie campaign so far help to highlight their domestic dominance.

The Amsterdam giants haven’t been anywhere near as effective in the Champions League where they are averaging 10.3 shots per game and conceding 16.8 at the wrong end. Ajax have also collected 11 cards in four Group A fixtures.

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Liverpool have been posting impressive numbers in several metrics this term, in fact, the Reds have been clocking up more attempts (17.30 per 90) than any other team in the Premier League, despite sitting in 8th spot.

The Reds haven’t been passing the eye test however, and many of their performances have lacked intensity. In the Champions League, sailing has been smoother however, and Liverpool have been averaging a whopping 20.5 shots per game while conceding just 8.5 at the other end. The Reds mustered 43 attempts in their last two matches in Group A, both of which were against Rangers.

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Player Shots and Shots on Target

Brian Brobbey (2.91 shots per 90), Steven Bergwijn (2.67) and Steven Berghuis (3.44) have been Ajax’s most potent players in the Eredivisie this term, though the two Stevens have left Brobbey in the dust in the Champions League, where they are averaging 1.8 shots per game each.

Neither player managed to produce an effort on goal when Ajax played Liverpool at Anfield last month, however. Ajax only racked up three shots in total during a one-sided contest on Merseyside.

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Ajax couldn’t live with a Liverpool attack containing Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah last month, though only the latter is fit for the return fixture. Salah has been averaging 3.5 shots per game in the Champions League this season, which is just a shade better than Darwin Nunez’s figure (3.3).

Fabio Carvalho (2.97 shots per 90) has been taking opportunities to shine with both hands and the 20-year-old had three attempts when he started for the first time in the Champions League against Rangers earlier this month.

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Player Goals and Assists

Brian Brobbey scored twice against RKC at the weekend to bring his Eredivisie tally up to eight for the season, though the 20-year-old still hasn’t found the net in the Champions League this term.

Mohammed Kudus has scored three times in the competition however, and the Ghanaian hit an excellent effort at Anfield last month. Steven Bergwijn has two Champions League goals to complement his seven domestic strikes.

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Liverpool have only scored twice in their last three Premier League games, though Roberto Firmino is still their leading marksman in the division with five. Darwin Nunez scored his first goal at Anfield in the Reds’ win over West Ham last week.

Mohamed Salah leads the way in the Champions League and he notched three of his five goals inside a sensational six minutes against Rangers on matchday four. Diogo Jota has four assists in the competition and his creativity will be missed.

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Ajax Cards

Ajax usually dominate possession in the Eredivisie and as a result, they don’t collect many cards, however, when they do, Mexican anchorman Edson Alvarez is usually first in line to pick them up. The 25-year-old has been cautioned twice in the Champions League and he was booked at Anfield last month.

Fellow midfielder Steven Berghuis was also carded late on against Liverpool in September and the 30-year-old has two Champions League bookings overall this term. Jurrien Timber has amassed the same number of cards in the UCL and the defender is worth watching this evening.

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Curtis Jones should be handed a starting berth for Liverpool this evening and Edson Alvarez will try to stamp his authority all over the 21-year-old in more ways than one.

Likewise, Steven Berghuis will try to bully 19-year-old Harvey Elliot when the Ajax midfielder shuffles across to his left, while Fabio Carvalho (fouled 2.16 per/90) can trouble Jurrien Timber when he cuts in from the flank.

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Match-Ups to watch

Edson Alvarez vs Curtis Jones

Steven Berghuis vs Harvey Elliot

Jurrien Timber vs Fabio Carvalho

Liverpool Cards

Trent Alexander-Arnold (two cards) has come under intense scrutiny this season for his lax defending and Ajax will be targeting Liverpool’s right back this evening.

Fabinho (1.67 fouls per 90) has been committing more fouls than any other Reds player in the Premier League this term and his 1.1 fouls per game in the Champions League also places him near the top of Liverpool’s metrics for that competition. Virgil van Dijk might be worth watching closely this evening when he faces a few of his Netherlands teammates.

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Dusan Tadic didn’t make the cut for our Eredivisie stats in this department, though the 33-year-old has been using all of his experience to draw 1.7 fouls per game in the Champions League and the Serbian is savvy enough to stretch Alexander-Arnold later today.

Brian Brobbey (fouled 1.25 times per 90) might find that Fabinho uses ankle clips and shirt pulls if the striker manages to build up a head of steam on counters, while Steven Bergwijn (fouled 1.33 times per 90) will hope to make life uneasy for Oranje compatriot Virgil van Dijk.

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Match-Ups to watch

Trent Alexander-Arnold vs Dusan Tadic

Fabinho vs Brian Brobbey

Virgil van Dijk vs Steven Bergwijn

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Liverpool have had an incredibly up and down season and this could be another potential banana skin for them. A slip up here and their spot in the last 16 could potentially slip away on the final matchday. With both teams needing a result, this could be an incredible game.

If you’re having a bet on this one then good luck. But, remember to stay sensible with your stakes and stay in control at all times.

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