Ajax will take on Liverpool in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League later tonight at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
It means Ghana’s Kudus Mohammed would be in action as he makes his bow in the Champions League. The youngster has been a bargain for the Amsterdam side since his switch from FC Nordjaeslland is expected to feature against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Kudus who has been been on a rise, featuring 3 times in the Eredivisie Divisie and contributing in four goals (1 goal, 3 assists) will be hoping to have a good game against the English side in the Champions League.
Ajax manager Ten Hag speaking ahead of the game said he wants to see ‘brave Ajax’ against Liverpool believing the English side ‘are not infallible’
“We have gotten our playing principles into the team in recent months. Whether we are also at the place where we want to be in terms of level? That is hypothetical. You never know. I want to see a brave Ajax against Liverpool. A team that plays with self-confidence and can implement the principles that we have agreed upon in the field. “
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed excitement about his outfit taking on fellow heavyweight of European football tonight.
“[Our] proper analysis didn’t start yet, not with me. After this I have the analysis meeting so then I will know much more about it, but in general yes [it feels like a big European game],” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.
“If you think, and if you thought in the past, about European football Liverpool was 100 per cent involved and Ajax as well, so that’s how it is. One of the highlights of my time at Dortmund was for sure the two games against Ajax, just for a personal reason. You think: ‘OK, you want to play in this stadium against a young, very exciting team.’
“Ajax changed their philosophy slightly [and] brought in some experienced players. [Daley] Blind is there, [Dusan] Tadic is there, [Quincy] Promes, [Davy] Klaassen they got back from Bremen – so a few players that played earlier in their career at Ajax, then mix it up with a lot of really young and exciting talents. That’s how it is.
“Two years, or one-and-a-half years, ago they played an exceptional Champions League campaign, absolutely exceptional. The way they played, wow. All good but we didn’t play them that year, it would have been only possible in the final and that didn’t happen because of Tottenham. So, now we meet and I’m excited.”