Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool
Date & time: February 18th 2020, 20:00
Where: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
Is it on: BT Sport
Ref: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
The Champions League gets back underway on Tuesday night, and first up for England it's the reigning European Champions taking on the team who calls the scene of our triumph their home.
Liverpool will go out at the Wanda Metropolitano tomorrow night with a big reputation to uphold, in possibly one of the toughest home venues in European football.
But we'll go out with a remarkable unbeaten record in the league, 25 points clear, as World and Euro Champions, knowing that everybody is gunning for us. And that they'd love to swap places with us.
This is where we want to be, and where we weren't a couple of years ago, going out against one of Europe's top sides as big favourites.
Jurgen Klopp won't be underestimating Atletico though, and he'd be a fool to. But if his pre-match press conference is anything to go by, he has the utmost respect for Simeone and his side so we can expect to see a strong team fielded and a positive result chased.
Injuries & Suspension
Apart from Clyne and Shaqiri, both of whom have been training this week, Liverpool have a full squad to choose from. Albeit the same one that went to Norwich on Saturday.
We're likely to see something closer to the side that finished against Norwich though, as opposed to the one that finished it.
Atletico, on the other hand, have a whole host of injuries to regular starters to contend with. Joao Felix, Kieran Trippier are definitely out, whilst Hector Herrera has missed the last three games. There are still doubts over the fitness of Diego Costa, as well.
Last 5 games:
Atletico Madrid (all comps): L-W-L-W-D
Liverpool (all comps): W-D-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
It won't really be something Klopp will be too happy about, so soon after the heralded 'Winter break' but we're likely to see out current strongest side fielded tomorrow.
That will no doubt mean that Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain will make way for Fabinho and Mane, both of whom came off the bench on Saturday.
We'd be surprised to see Jurgen make too many changes otherwise, despite the visit of West Ham on Monday. But considering we'll have fives days from tomorrow until we play again, that should give the players plenty of time to fully recover.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.