Champions League: Charlie Nicholas previews the matches involving Ajax v Chelsea and Genk v Liverpool

Charlie Nicholas' latest predictions for the Champions League
Charlie Nicholas' latest predictions for the Champions League

Soccer Saturday's Charlie Nicholas discusses his predictions for the English teams involved in the latest round of Champions League games.


Genk 1-2 Liverpool

These are always potentially difficult.

Jurgen Klopp does not have much chance to change things too much. I don’t think Mohamed Salah was anywhere close to being fit for Liverpool against Manchester United. If he is close I would leave him out and get him fit for the Tottenham game, which is another massive match.

Liverpool are vulnerable at the back - Virgil van Dijk is the best centre back in the Premier League, he has a superb partnership with Joel Matip and Alisson is back, but they make mistakes.

If the opposition can squeeze the full-backs, they cannot get the service into the front men and it is easier to predict and defend - it does not have the same effect.

Genk are looking at Liverpool and thinking do they defend as if it is an away game? A lack of experience will cost them in this one.


Ajax 2-2 Chelsea

These are always the same.

Three players left Ajax, but they have real talent and are going well in the Eredivisie. Everybody is raving about Chelsea youngsters too - at the weekend I thought they would struggle against Newcastle.

People are quite rightly complimenting Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi. At this age, they will go through a quiet spell, but does Frank Lampard keep them in during this or take them out for the Champions League?

Ajax will look to have a lot of possession whereas Chelsea normally get that. They are a good counter-attack team but Ajax will cause them problems.


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