Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
When Liverpool hosts Atletico Madrid today, they will be looking to extend their lead in Group B of the Champions League.
The LaLiga giants would have appeared to be their biggest danger when the groups were set, so a win at Anfield would highlight what has been a very smooth European campaign thus far.
Jurgen Klopp, who won in the Spanish capital last month, recently questioned his team’s “body language” after Saturday’s stalemate with Brighton, but should undoubtedly be optimistic coming into the match given how excellent his squad has been going forward of late.
Indeed, they have 11 goals in three games on the continent, while Atletico has allowed at least twice in three of their previous four games in all competitions.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Head to head :
Atletico Madrid eliminated Liverpool 2-4 on aggregate after extra time in the last 16 round of the UEFA Champions League last season.
The two outfits locked horns nine times in the recent history and Atletico Madrid have been much more successful (five wins, two draws, and just two defeats) in the process.
Liverpool claimed a 2-3 away victory when they battled Atletico Madrid two weeks ago in this term of the Champions League.
Both teams were on target in four of the last five head to head encounters.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Predictions :
Atletico Madrid has proved that they still have the ability to make life difficult for great European clubs, but there are few tougher tests in this league than when Liverpool are at their best.
Atleti may struggle to get anything out of this game without Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, and Marcos Llorente, who virtually single-handedly earned victory for Atleti on this ground in 2020.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Team News :
Naby Keita, the unlucky Liverpool midfielder, returned from injury in time to play against Brighton, but he only lasted 19 minutes before being pulled off with a hamstring problem.
Along with James Milner and Harvey Elliott, the Guinea international is almost certain to miss out, and it’s unclear if Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara will be allowed to start as Klopp continues to deal with an injury problem in midfield.
As a result, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might start alongside Henderson and Curtis Jones this week, as Jota aims to unseat Roberto Firmino at the attacking end.
Griezmann joins Stefan Savic on the naughty step for this match, despite the fact that Wednesday’s encounter is the latter’s penultimate game of a lengthy European suspension.
Llorente, a 2020 Anfield hero, is unlikely to be fit for this match, while Simeone has ruled out Thomas Lemar and Geoffrey Kondogbia is still out with a concussion.
If Kondogbia is unable to play as an emergency centre-back, Felipe should join Jose Gimenez and Hermoso in the back three, while Angel Correa, Felix, and Luis Suarez should all play up top in Griezmann’s absence.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Jota, Mane
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Felipe, Gimenez, Hermoso; Trippier, De Paul, Koke, Carrasco; Felix, Suarez, Correa