Liverpool will look to accomplish a remarkable double over the La Liga champions when they will host Atletico Madrid for a Winners League Group B match on Wednesday. Last month the Reds won 3-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano but were dissatisfied at the weekend against Brighton & Hove Albion. Here is our expert guess on Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid football prediction for the Champions League match of the season.
In Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Brighton Naby Keita suffered a muscle strain and as a result, he will miss this match against Atletico
Liverpool will be short in midfield as James Milner and Harvey Elliott ruled out, as well as Thiago and Fabinho’s availability s doubtful.
While Joel Matip is anticipated to take Ibrahima Konate’s position at the back, on Wednesday, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino will compete to lead the line for the home side.
If Jurgen Klopp decides to rotate Andy Robertson out of the team, Kostas Tsimikas is a viable possibility.
Antoine Griezmann received a red card against Liverpool in the reverse fixture last time out in the Champions League and has been suspended for Atletico Madrid.
In the last meeting, Luis Suarez was benched against his former club but he s hopeful to start at his former home with Griezmann suspended.
For a starting spot here Joao Felix is considered a strong contender.
Marcos Llorente and former Liverpool target Thomas Lemar are ruled out due to injury.
With Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez returning from injury, Mario Hermoso and Felipe are competing to complete Atletico’s back three on Wednesday night.
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
This season Liverpool is unbeaten, but their defense hasn’t been as solid as coach Jurgen Klopp would want. The Reds have given up leads to Brighton, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Brentford, and Manchester City.
Simeone has failed to find the ideal balance between attack and defense this season in his quest to make Atletico Madrid more offensively focused. They have only won one of their previous four games, with at least two goals conceded in three of them.
With three victories and three draws in all competitions, Liverpool has been a bit of a mixed bag at home this season. 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
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