LIVE: Liverpool v Atletico Madrid – Reds look to book place in Champions League last-16 as Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone renew rivalry after Argentine’s handshake snub last month
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Liverpool will be hoping to book a place in the last-16 of the Champions League when they host Atletico Madrid at Anfield.
Despite a tricky group which also features AC Milan and Porto, the Reds have made light work of their high statured opponents so far as they look to extend an unbeaten run which started back in April to 25 games across all competitions.
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And why not? El Nino, as he was once called ,fired in the goals like there was no tomorrow at both clubs and he is at Anfield this evening for this Champions League clash.
‘Phenomenal’ Luis Suarez deserves a ‘nice reception’ from Liverpool fans on his return to Anfield with Atletico Madrid, insists Jordan Henderson… as he admits his former team-mate ‘helped me massively’
And then there is Luis Suarez’s return to Anfield. The former Liverpool favourite was surprisingly dropped to the bench in the first game but he starts this evening, and will be looking to make an impact at his former home.
Diego Simeone hints that he’ll AGAIN snub a post-match handshake with Jurgen Klopp and admits he doesn’t like the ‘false’ gesture, as he readies Atletico Madrid for crunch Champions League match at Anfield
Two things to talk about coming into this game, the first of those being handshakegate (probably not big enough to give it a gate suffix, but let’s run with it.)
Atletico feel they were hard done by officials in their 3-2 defeat in the crazy reverse fixture, and it led to Diego Simeone refusing to shake hands with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at the final whistle. As you may have guessed, it might not just be a one off…
Some enforced, others to bring in fresh legs. Naby Keita limping off from the 2-2 draw with Brighton means he is replaced Fabinho who returns from a knee injury. Meanwhile Ibrahima Konate and Andy Robertson are replaced respectfully by Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas, while Curtis Jones and Roberto Firmino make way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diogo Jota.
Atletico meanwhile make two alterations to the team who defeated Real Betis 3-0 on Sunday, with Felipe replacing Stefan Savic at centre-back and Joao Felix coming in for Antoine Griezmann who is suspended after being sent off in the reverse fixture at the Wands Metropolitano.
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Jota.
Oblak, Hermoso, Gimenez, Felipe, Trippier, Koke, De Paul, Correa, Carrasco, Felix, Suarez.
Unbeaten since April, going well in the Premier League and if they win tonight – then that’s European football pretty much settled for them until at least February.
Yes, Liverpool can seal progression from their Champions League group this evening and there is a chance they could achieve it as group winners too as I welcome you to our live coverage of Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid.
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