Liverpool could suffer a repeat of Man Utd horror as Ajax steals Ten Hag blueprint ahead of the champions league game.
Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder is trying to emulate Erik ten Hag, and Liverpool may face a test similar to the one they encountered against Manchester United last month.
With a dismal performance in their Champions League opening against Napoli last week, Jurgen Klopp’s team has had a shaky start to the season.
The Liverpool manager acknowledged that in order for his team to succeed, they must “reinvent” themselves. They have only won two of their first seven games of the season and face an Ajax team that has won all six of their league games, with an average of more than three goals per game.
Since Liverpool has given up the opening goal in five games, the Reds’ porous defense has been a major headache for Klopp.
The game at Old Trafford last month brought to light Klopp’s serious issues as United revealed several Liverpool team deficiencies.
Liverpool could suffer a repeat of Man Utd horror; Schreuder
And Schreuder, who succeeded Ten Hag this past summer after serving as his assistant at Ajax, acknowledges that he will try to emulate what United did to Liverpool in their Champions League match. I have looked at what they did in the contest, he remarked.
“There are certain things they did that are applicable to us from the Man United match. We have a team meeting tonight and we will have a look at what we have to do and maybe do a few things differently.
“We’ll put our best team on the pitch to challenge for us tomorrow.” It’s a poor run of form for Liverpool but they’ve proven over the years that they’re capable of turning things around quickly and being unbeatable at times.
Klopp has played a huge role in helping Liverpool become one of the best teams in Europe and Schreuder knows it will still be a tough challenge despite the current issues at Anfield.
“In the last seven years he has performed so well, three Champions League finals, he is a fantastic manager,” he said.
“The way he goes about dealing with players, the respect he shows is a lovely example for other managers. We expect to go into a storm. We are also good. We try and play our own game. But Liverpool are a team that is really good.
“You have to have courage and tomorrow if we can do that we have a chance. If you don’t have it, it is going to be difficult, especially one-on-one. I think he (Klopp) is just going to ask the players to play in a defensive way better than they did last time. Managers admit if you haven’t played well.”