Liverpool will meet LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid in Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the Spanish capital Madrid. In the Group B encounter of UEFA Champions League, Liverpool are comfortably sitting at the top of the group after two wins in two games.
Liverpool are in blistering form and scoring goals for fun. It is the perfect time for Liverpool to play with its full strength against the Spanish giants.
On the other hand, Madrid would look to continue their winning momentum. Thus, we can expect a blockbuster battle between the German coach Jurgen Klopp and the Argentine Diego Simeone.
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Match Preview
Meanwhile, Atletico played a goalless draw against Porto to kick off their UCL campaign this season. While against AC Milan, it was a hard-fought win in San Siro.
In the previous meeting between both sides, Atletico Madrid won 3-2 at Anfield, where Adrian’s error proved costly. But luckily this time Alisson Becker will return to take goalkeeping charge after missing last weekend’s clash against Watford.
Atletico Madrid’s scheduled La Liga game against Granada was postponed due to late arrivals back from international duty. Now Diego Simeone’s side have ample time to prepare for Liverpool’s game, as they seek to extend their unbeaten home run across all competitions to 13 matches.
Liverpool are unbeaten this season and the famous front three of Salah, Mane, and Firmino are back on the scoring sheet. The recent performances of the Reds trio brought back the memories of the 2017-18 goal fest season.
Looking at the current form, both the Reds and the Colchoneros display almost identical performances. On one hand, Liverpool have won 3 and drawn 2 in their last 5 fixtures. While on other hand, Atletico have won 3, drawn 1, and lost 1 in their previous 5 fixtures.
The stage is set as European nights are back with the battle between the German and the Argentine.
Both Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliott are injured and will not be available for this game.
Meanwhile, Curtis Jones looks doubtful about the clash, he missed the last match against Watford after sustaining an injury during England U21 duty.
Apart from that, Jurgen Klopp will have a lot of options to choose from and could make one or two changes keeping in mind of the Manchester United clash coming up next.
The return of Fabinho and Alisson to the squad will be a big boost after the Brazilian duo missed the Watford game last weekend.
Liverpool probable starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Prediction
Liverpool are ruthless in front of the goal this season. The front three are in superb form and Mohamed Salah in particular. The dancing feets of Salah would be hard to stop for Simeone’s men.
But we all know how Atletico Madrid can surprise all of us as they are a formidable side. And Diego Simeone’s anti-football is no secret for anyone anymore.
But at the current moment, the fired-up Reds hold a slight edge thus, it could end up as Atletico Madrid 1-2 Liverpool.