Jurgen Klopp’s side endeavour to continue their perfect start to the 2021-22 Champions League when they travel to Atletico Madrid for Tuesday’s Group B encounter!
Atletico go into this game off an exciting victory from matchday two when they beat AC Milan coming from behind with an 84th-minute strike, courtesy of Antoine Griezmann, and in the 7th minute of injury time Luis Suarez’s penalty following Pierre Kalulu’s handball.
While the Spanish side could only muster a point from their encounter with Porto on matchday one, a 2-0 La Liga win over Barcelona just before the international break served to increase the confidence in the Atletico ranks.
With their scheduled La Liga battle with Granada postponed due to late arrivals back from international duty, Atletico will have had ample time to prepare for the visit of Liverpool as they seek to extend their unbeaten home run across all competitions to 13 matches.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have been in top form, with the old guard of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane smashing goals as they went two for two in the group games so far to storm to the top of the rankings in Group B.
In terms of injuries, Matheus Cunha and Jose Gimenez are set to miss Tuesday’s game, but Liverpool’s arch-nemesis, Marcos Llorente, is set for a return as he continues to be put through his paces in training.
Luis Suarez is set to play against his former club this week, while Rodrigo de Paul and Thomas Lemar should both start in the middle if Kondogbia is drafted into the back three.
Returning late from international duty, Liverpool duo Alisson Becker and Fabinho flew straight to Madrid and are primed to replace Caoimhin Kelleher and James Milner in the starting lineup.
Atletico Madrid 1-3 Liverpool
While Atletico fans very rarely witness their side concede multiple goals on home soil, look for this Liverpool side to power past Diego Simeone’s defence. Klopp’s attackers are on top of their game at the moment and should help to propel the Reds to another European win.