Klopp And Robertson: 'Ajax Is A European Giant That Flies Through The Eredivisie'
Dec. 01, 2020
Liverpool is the absolute favorite for the Champions League match with Ajax on Tuesday evening, but it will certainly not be easy. At least that is what manager Jürgen Klopp and defender Andrew Robertson think, who are particularly enthusiastic about the team from Amsterdam.
The Reds receive a visit from Ajax on Tuesday evening from 9 p. m. , in the penultimate group match of the Champions League. With a win, Liverpool will anyway qualify for the eighth final, but that will not be easy, assured manager Klopp on Monday at the press conference. When asked if he expects a tough game, he replied: 'Yes, of course. Why should I expect anything else? '
The German is full of praise for Ajax. 'They have an excellent team, which has pretty much gone through the Dutch league since our match in Amsterdam. ' Since the 0 - 1 in the Johan Cruijff Arena, Ajax won against VVV - Venlo (0 - 13), Fortuna Sittard (5 - 2), FC Utrecht (0 - 3), Heracles Almelo (5 - 0) and FC Emmen (0 - 5).
"They are achieving great results and are clearly at the top, " says Klopp. "Plus they have a lot of talented players and some returning players. So, yes: I expect a difficult game. '
Robertson thinks that too, the left back who, just like Klopp, spoke to the news. 'Ajax is an opponent with a lot of quality. The difference between Champions League matches and Premier League matches may not be as big as it used to be, but we still play against a team that has a different style.
We do not know the players of Ajax through and through, as we do know the Premier League players well. Apart from that, Ajax is a European giant with a phenomenal history. The current team is just great, so we have a tough job ahead of us. '
Atalanta Bergamo and Brighton & Hove Albion have shown that there are opportunities for Ajax against Liverpool on Tuesday. Analysis of the areas where things go wrong for Jürgen Klopp's team.
he characteristic broad smile has disappeared from Jürgen Klopp's face. The Liverpool manager is concerned. Despite some impressive results, he sees the overcrowded schedule starting to take its toll. Liverpool is not fresh and that has repercussions on the field. Midweeks are changed considerably and lost at home to Atalanta Bergamo (0 - 2). A difficult performance against Brighton & Hove Albion (1 - 1) follows in the Premier League.
Three lessons can be distilled for Ajax from the last two matches of Liverpool.