Liverpool will look to overturn their first-leg Champions League deficit when Atletico Madrid visit the home of the holders. Last season’s victors have struggled in recent weeks, losing three of their last five in all competitions and will be relying on the natives to help produce another famous European night at Anfield.
Where and when: Anfield, Liverpool – 11 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid: BT Sport
Last time: Saul Niguez got the only goal of the game when the sides met in Madrid.
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Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
The Premier League champions elect were left frustrated in the first tie with Jurgen Klopp visibly irate both during and after the duel. The German was not happy with what he perceived to be playacting from Atleti and removed star forward Sadio Mane at the break with the Senegalese already on a yellow.
Liverpool failed to register a single shot on target at Estadio Metropolitano and were uncharacteristically subdued as Los Rojiblancos executed their game plan to perfection.
Nevertheless, Diego Simeone’s battlers only hold a one-goal advantage and the Reds will be confident of making the quarter-final stage.
Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah will occupy the three forward berths with Divock Origi ready and waiting in reserve.
Salah has 28 goal contributions to his name and is 10/3 favourite to open proceedings, while Mane follows closely in the same market at 4/1. The 2018-19 winners are 4/7 to win in normal time and 21/20 to qualify.
Travelling party Atletico have a clean bill of health and Simeone has some welcome selection dilemmas, particularly in attack. Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata both netted in the 2-2 draw with Sevilla last weekend and Diego Costa is also available for selection.
Felix has shown glimpses of his obvious ability but Simeone may not want to thrust the youngster in to the Anfield glare and could move to a 4-5-1 with Morata spearheading the side.
The ex-Chelsea misfit is 11/4 to strike anytime and will need to defend from the front in what is likely to be a long and tiring night for the Spaniard. Los Rojiblancos are 11/2 to triumph in 90 minutes and 7/10 to dump out the reigning champions.
One to watch for Liverpool: Origi established himself in Liverpool folklore after his brace against Barcelona last year and went one better when he scored in the final against Tottenham Hotspur. The Belgian is 9/2 to register last.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Winter recruit Yannick Carrasco will feature after the break and his direct style will help Los Rojiblancos get up the pitch in an encounter where they are likely to be without the ball for long periods. The winger is 16/1 to net last.
Long shot: If history is anything to go by, the expectation is Liverpool will blow away the opposition. The Reds have done it time and time again on the European stage when behind on aggregate, but Atletico are formidable defensively and unlikely to buckle in the manner Barcelona did. A 2-1 success for the Merseysiders, but qualification for the visitors, is 15/2.