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Predicted Line Up: Atletico Madrid v Liverpool

Liverpool face Atletico Madrid tonight at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and the Reds will be hoping to keep up their unbeaten run.

Liverpool are currently sitting second in the Premier League and have not lost a game, while Diego Simeone's side are currently fourth in La Liga.

The last time these two teams faced each other is sour memory for the Liverpool faithful.

Jurgen Klopp's men lost the first leg 1-0 and then in the second leg at Anfield, there was a bit of a comeback, however, Atletico ended up shutting that down in extra-time.

Atletico Madrid

Klopp will be hoping this time is different. The German has a few players injured going into this game though.

Thiago and Curtis Jones are the most notable absences and the pair haven't travelled to Spain with the squad.

With these injury concerns, let's take a look at what our writers think Jurgen Klopp's team will look like at kick-off!


Adam Ford

Alisson;

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson;

Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita;

Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah.


Alisson will return after missing the Watford game due to quarantining following World Cup qualifiers for Brazil.

Liverpool will once again have a full strength defence heading to Spain for Tuesday's game. 

Trent's presence during the Watford game was massive after being absent with injury and the back line will be going into this game with a lot of confidence again.

Like Alisson, Fabinho will also return to the starting lineup after quarantining. Naby Keita gave an understated performance against Watford and I would expect him to feature again. 

Fabinho Brazil

Jordan Henderson has not been his best of late but Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to relegate his skipper to the bench.

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The only unclear selection when it comes to Liverpool's forward line is whether or not Jurgen Klopp goes with Diogo Jota in the middle once again. 

Jota's fitness is still up in the air but Roberto Firmino's hat-trick on the weekend will certainly give Klopp something to ponder. 

It is great to see Firmino back on the score sheet but I still think Jota poses a bigger threat than the Brazilian, particularly in a game such as Atletico.


Charlie Webb 

Alisson;

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Kostas Tsimikas;

Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner;

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.


Despite Caoimhin Kelleher putting in a good performance against Watford, the big Brazilian is back after quarantining and he'll be a certainty to start.

At the back I think there's going to be a few changes. Ibrahima Konate has been playing a few games in the Champions League, so I think Klopp will give Joel Matip a rest.

Kostas Tsimikas has also been great this season. He definitely deserves some game time and with Manchester United next weekend, the Scottish fullback could do with a rest.

The midfield is a tricky one. We are lacking a lot in that department due to the injuries of Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Thiago.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has fallen out of favour it seems but we know how much he loves a Champions League night so I think Klopp may give him the chance to prove himself.

Fabinho will almost certainly return to the starting XI and I think James Milner will be in there to set the tempo of the game in place of Jordan Henderson.

The front three picks itself after the Watford game in my opinion. Jota still may not be 100% fit and he will be a major asset against United next weekend, so best to keep him fresh for that huge game.


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