Liverpool: Klopp now 'going to make adaptations' against Ajax at Anfield

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watches on

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to make ‘adaptations to the style of play’ when his side take on Ajax in a Champions League group stage clash at Anfield tonight, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Reds have not been in action since suffering a 4-1 defeat to Napoli due to the Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers being postponed as a mark of respect after Queen Elizabeth II passed away last week.

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Klopp has revealed that Liverpool need to show a reaction when Ajax arrive on Merseyside this evening after his side got their Champions League campaign off to a woeful start.

Following the setback at the hands of Napoli, the German admitted he saw ‘obvious’ problems with the Reds’ performance and that he may have to ‘reinvent’ the squad.

Trent Alexander-Arnold came in for particularly strong criticism from BT Sport pundits Robbie Fowler and Rio Ferdinand, with the former questioning the right-back’s ‘desire’ after the thrashing.

Central defender Joel Matip has called for togetherness ahead of taking on Ajax, who recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory over Rangers in their group stage opener.

Liverpool will not be back in action until after the international break, following tonight’s meeting with the reigning Eredivisie champions, as this weekend’s Premier League trip to Chelsea has been called off.

What has Dean Jones said about Klopp’s plans for Ajax?

Jones believes Klopp still has confidence in Alexander-Arnold and the rest of his squad despite being lambasted after the defeat to Napoli.

However, the journalist is expecting the Liverpool chief to make adjustments to how he sets his side up when the Reds face Ajax tonight.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Klopp obviously loves Trent. He has complete faith in him as has complete faith in his team.

“We know that he’s going to make adaptations to the style of play, to try and restore confidence in the team more than anything, so that they can get back to the Liverpool that we all know.”

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What is the team news ahead of tonight’s clash?

Andy Robertson will miss tonight’s Champions League meeting with Ajax after picking up an injury during the final stages of the loss to Napoli last week.

Kostas Tsimikas, who has already made five appearances since the season got underway, is likely to fill in for the Scotsman at left-back.

While Liverpool will be without Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Ibrahima Konate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Calvin Ramsay and Caoimhin Kelleher, Fabio Carvalho has returned to contention.

Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold is in line to become the 26th player to reach the milestone of 50 European games for Liverpool.

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