Liverpool take on Atletico Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday night with a big task at hand. The Merseyside outfit will have to produce another incredible comeback after losing 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano. Liverpool is famed for it’s European Nights at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp will certainly hope for a performance similar to the one against Barcelona last year.
Klopp’s boys have endured their worst run probably in the last few years, having won two and losing three in the last five, with the horrid results coming coincidentally with the introduction of the first ever Premier League winter break.
Atletico’s form as of late hasn’t been the greatest either, they picked up two wins and three draws in the previous five fixtures but they have remained undefeated at least and have already inflicted one loss to Liverpool.
In terms of the squads available, Liverpool’s Alisson will be out with a hip injury, Shaqiri is still out with a calf injury and Nathaniel Clyne is still out with a knee problem. Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson are doubtful, but will surely feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans if available.
Possible Liverpool XI:
Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino and Mane.
Sadio Mane, Joe Gomez and Andrew Robertson are all at risk of missing the next game if they get booked at Anfield.
Atletico Madrid’s squad for the fixture will likely not include Thomas Lemar who is doubtful because of a thigh injury and Angel Correa is the only player in danger of missing the next game if he picks up a yellow card.
Possible Atletico XI:
Oblak, Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Renan Lodi, Saul, Partey, Koke, Felix, Correa and Morata.
In terms of head to head results, the two teams have only met five times, in which the Reds have only picked up one win, two draws, and two wins for Los Rojiblancos.
Who to avoid in the next round?
Bayern Munich and Manchester City. The German outfit are flawless so far in this season’s Champions League, having won every single game to date. City on the other hand have been called the favourites for winning the competition since the beginning.
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