On Wednesday Atletico Madrid will travel to Anfield for Champions League Group B match against Liverpool who will be looking to accomplish a remarkable double over the La Liga champions. The Reds won 3-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano last month, but were dissatisfied at the weekend against Brighton & Hove Albion. Here is everything you need to know about Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid football prediction for the Champions League match of the season.
After suffering a muscle strain in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Brighton Naby Keita has returned to the sidelines.
Liverpool will be short in midfield with James Milner and Harvey Elliott ruled out, as well as Thiago and Fabinho’s availability.
On Wednesday, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino will compete to lead the line for the home side, while Joel Matip is anticipated to take Ibrahima Konate’s position at the back.
Kostas Tsimikas is a viable possibility if Jurgen Klopp decides to rotate Andy Robertson out of the team.
After a red card against Liverpool in the reverse fixture last time out in the Champions League, Antoine Griezmann is suspended for Atletico Madrid.
Luis Suarez would have been frustrated at being benched against his former club last time out but will hope to start at his former home with Griezmann suspended.
Joao Felix will be a strong contender for a starting spot here.
The squad will miss Marcos Llorente and former Liverpool target Thomas Lemar due to injury.
Mario Hermoso and Felipe are competing to complete Atletico’s back three on Wednesday night with Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez returning from injury.
If Geoffrey Kondogbia is fit enough to play, he should return to central midfield, where Atletico is well-stocked at the defense. Rodrigo de Paul, on the other hand, is a more aggressive alternative.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
After Liverpool squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Brighton at the weekend manager Jurgen Klopp was enraged. This season, they have given up leads to Brighton, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Brentford, and Manchester City.
Atletico Madrid under the guidance of Diego Simeone failed to find the ideal balance between attack and defense this season. However, over the weekend they have got the perfect balance with a 3-0 win against Real Betis. They have only won one of their previous four games, with at least two goals conceded in three of them.
Liverpool has been a bit of a mixed bag at home this season, with three victories and three draws in all competitions. With three wins in a row, they are almost certain to advance to the knockout stage if they avoid defeat on Wednesday.
In their last three games, Liverpool has scored at least three goals (Champions League).
Liverpool has won three of their last four games (Champions League).
In Liverpool’s last three games, there have been more than 2.5 goals scored (Champions League).
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Jota, Mane
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup: Oblak; Felipe, Gimenez, Hermoso; Trippier, De Paul, Koke, Carrasco; Felix, Suarez, Correa
Our Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Atletico Madrid