Rafael van der Vaart fancies Ajax’s chances against ‘mediocre’ Liverpool team full of ‘very normal’ players

Rafel van der Vaart is confident Ajax can get a result against Liverpool, saying that, unless Mo Salah and Luiz Dias perform, it’s a “mediocre” team full of “very normal” players.

Ajax travel to Anfield for the second match of their Champions League campaign. They beat Rangers 4-0 in the opening round, while Liverpool lost 4-1 to Napoli.

It was the latest of many disappointing results and performances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, and Van der Vaart is confident his former team can ensure their bad run continues.

“I think we have become a bit blinded,” he said on Ziggo Sport.

“We suddenly think Jordan Henderson is a crazy player. That’s just a very normal player. James Milner is also a very normal player. Joe Gomez is also a very normal player.

“Virgil van Dijk is top, the right back and left back are also good, but if things don’t go well and those attackers don’t have their day, then I think it’s just a very mediocre team.”

The only players he’s worried about are Salah and Dias, who he feels can cause the Ajax full-backs problems.

“The only thing I’m afraid of at Ajax is if Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah do have their day, then we have a problem,” he said.

“Then Ajax will never win. Certainly not at Anfield, I don’t think Daley Blind and Devyne Rensch are good enough for that.”


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