Jurgen Klopp has a number of key selection decisions to make as Liverpool prepare to begin their Champions League campaign against Ajax on Wednesday.

The 2019 winners of the competition will be hoping to improve upon their last-16 elimination last season and will have intentions of winning the trophy for a seventh occasion.

Liverpool’s trip to Amsterdam follows just days after a gruelling Merseyside derby encounter against Everton which saw a number of key injuries unfold so Klopp is expected to make a few changes to the starting XI that took to the field at Goodison Park last weekend.

Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara are the major absentees after both players were taken to hospital for scans following their respective injuries.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT )Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool collides with Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Joe Gomez will surely come in for the Dutchman while Georginio Wijnaldum will most likely fill in for the Spaniard.

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Roberto Firmino could do with a rest having clocked up three matches in the spaces of a week for both club and country and with Takumi Minamino waiting in the wings, Liverpool have an alternative and viable option to lead the line.

Diogo Jota could also start although given both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were at Melwood for the international break could indicate that the attacking duo are well-rested enough to start against both Everton and Ajax.

In midfield, Henderson and Fabinho will likely retain their places for the weekend after the injury to Thiago left the Reds another midfielder short.

This is a game where Liverpool need to use the bulk of their squad carefully, and the likes of Jota and Minamino have previously demonstrated that they can do a job for Klopp when called upon.

The likes of Curtis Jones, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi could also feature in some capacity as Klopp looks to juggle between European and domestic responsibilities.

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