Liverpool will play hosts to Atletico Madrid at Anfield in the return leg of the Champions League group B encounter. 

The Reds need to beat Atletico tonight to advance to the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare.

First leg

Liverpool registered a 3-2 victory over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the group stage match held at the Wanda Metropolitano. Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita gave Liverpool an early lead before Antoine Griezmann scored a brace to level the scores for Atleti.

In the second half, Griezmann was sent off and Madrid could not contain Liverpool with Salah completing his brace to secure three points for the Reds.

Team News

The hosts will miss the services of Naby Keita who picked up a hamstring problem over the weekend in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Brighton. James Milner and Harvey Elliott are also on the sidelines meaning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be handed a start alongside Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones.

Midfielders Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are set to return for the hosts.

For Madrid, Griezmann and Stefan Savic are suspended while Marcos Llorente is unlikely to be passed fit.

Thomas Lemar is out, while Geoffrey Kondogbia is a doubt due to a concussion.

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  • Liverpool registered their first win over Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last time out (3-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano), having drawn two and lost two of their first four meetings in the competition.
  • Atlético Madrid are unbeaten in their previous two games against Liverpool at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League (W1 D1), including a 3-2 victory in the Round of 16 on their last trip there in March 2020.
  • Liverpool have only won two of their 13 home games against Spanish opponents in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (D6 L5), although one of their two did come during Jürgen Klopp’s reign – a 4-0 win over Barcelona in May 2019.
  • Atlético Madrid have lost just once in their last six away trips to face English opponents in European competition (W2 D3), however, that defeat did come in their most recent one – a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Round of 16 last season.
  • Liverpool have only lost two of their 22 home games in the UEFA Champions League under Jürgen Klopp (W15 D5), however, one of those came against Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid, losing 3-2 in the Round of 16 in 2019-20 to be eliminated from the tournament.
  • Atlético Madrid have won their last two away games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and will be looking to win three in a row on the road in the competition for only the second time under Diego Simeone (previously three between 2015 and 2016).

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