Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara will MISS Liverpool's trip to Ajax

Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara will MISS Liverpool’s trip to Ajax with Jurgen Klopp taking no risks over fitness after brutal Merseyside derby… with Fabinho set to start as a centre-back alongside Joe Gomez

Liverpool have left Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara at home ahead of their Champions League clash with Ajax, with manager Jurgen Klopp taking no chance on their fitness.

The Premier League champions have a gruelling fixture schedule coming up with six matches in the pace of 18 days, and the German boss is keen to manage his stars after losing Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season. 

Matip’s absence is set to give an opportunity to midfielder Fabinho to impress as a makeshift centre-back alongside Joe Gomez in Amsterdam, with Klopp looking to experiment with his options.

More to follow. 

Liverpool are set to leave Thiago Alcantara (left) and Joel Matip (right) at home for Ajax clash

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