Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Champions Legue preview

The match is a repeat of the 2019-20 round-of-16 clash that saw the La Liga side end Liverpool’s hopes of winning back-to-back Champions League titles just days before the first national lockdown in England.

Few will need reminding that Mohamed Salah is in fine fettle ahead of the game and, having scored two stunning goals in as many matches, could have a big influence on proceedings. Indeed, it’s a meeting of the club’s past and present, with Salah up against Luis Suarez, playing against his former employers for only the third time since leaving in 2014.

As things stand in Group B, Liverpool lead the way with two wins from two, although Atletico could go above them with a victiory. The home side have not yet looked entirely convincing so far this season despite winning the league last time out, dropping points in three of their eight league games, though they did manage to beat Barcelona prior to the international break.

Perhaps crucially, the Spanish champions were not in action over the weekend, affording Simeone some time to recover some key players.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 20.00pm BST kick-off on Tuesday.

Where to watch Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or through the BT Sport app.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool team news

Atletico could well be one of club football’s biggest beneficaries after the international break, with the likes of Jose Gimenez and Marcos Llorente pushing for returns after taking part in a full training session ahead of the game. Llorente in particular will be a concern for Liverpool given it was his late brace at Anfield that ended their European hopes in 2020.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are in good shape. Brazilian duo Alisson Becker and Fabinho completed their post-international duty quarantine period in Spain and could come back into the side having missed Saturday’s win over Watford.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool prediction

Liverpool may well be in a rich vein of goalscoring form but are squaring off against an Atletico side who have conceded only seven times in 10 games all season. With neither team likely to be putting their enviable positions in the group at risk at this early stage, expect a cagey affair.

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