Pre-match entertainment. “Devyne Rensch is a great name, evocative of a magical tool in the hands of a superhero,” quips the perpetually punning Peter Oh. “It also reminds me of this indie hit.”
Pre-match reading. A quick rummage around the Guardian vault, and look what we have here! enjoy (x2).
Liverpool make three changes to the team sent out for the 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest. Darwin Núñez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson take the places of Fabio Carvalho, James Milner and Curtis Jones, all of whom drop to the bench.
Meanwhile there are three differences to the starting XI selected by Ajax for September’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield, a game Joel Matip settled in the penultimate minute. Davy Klaassen, Brian Brobbey and Jorge Sanchez are in; Kenneth Taylor, Devyne Rensch and Mohammed Kudus start on the bench.
Ajax: Pasveer, Sanchez, Timber, Blind, Bassey, Klaassen, Alvarez, Berghuis, Bergwijn, Brobbey, Tadic.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Wijndal, Taylor, Ocampos, Rensch, Gorter, Lucca, Kudus, Grillitsch, Magallan, Francisco Conceicao.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Elliott, Salah, Firmino, Nunez.
Subs: Konate, Milner, Adrian, Jones, Tsimikas, Ramsay, Carvalho, Bajcetic, Phillips, Kelleher.
Referee: Jose Maria Sanchez (Spain).
A fortnight ago, Liverpool did this …
… which means that if they get a point in Amsterdam tonight, they’ll make it through to the knockout stage of this season’s Champions League. A loss might even be OK, providing it’s not by more than one goal. Ajax would then still technically still be able to qualify if Liverpool lose 2-1 tonight, but they’d need a big swing in goal difference on matchday six to pip the Reds. If Liverpool lose by two goals, then Ajax will have the better head-to-head record before going to Rangers, while Liverpool host Napoli. TLDR: easiest and best for Liverpool not to lose. Kick off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!