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Liverpool face daunting visit to Atletico Madrid


Liverpool face daunting visit to Atletico Madrid

Next week Atletico Madrid take on Premier League side Liverpool hoping to follow up last season's victory over the Anfield giants with another European victory. Diego Simeone’s men have a depleted squad as they prepare to take on the former Premier League champions. 

Liverpool are favorites to win the tie, and a victory will likely set them well on their way to qualify for the next round of the Champions League. You can track the latest Champions League odds movement for every major football club, where Liverpool are currently 9/1 and Atletico are averaging around 20/1 to win the final in 2022. 

Jurgen Klopp will be looking for revenge in this tie with this massive visit to Spain, with last season’s La Liga winners missing key defensive stars ahead of the game.  Usual defensive duo Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic  will both miss out due to injury, with one injured and the other suspended. Savic is serving a suspension for elbowing Antonio Rudiger in the game against Chelsea last season, and currently is serving a four game ban in the competition. That leaves Mario Hermoso and Felipe as options for Diego Simeone

After submitting a request to the Spanish Football Federation, Atletico Madrid will have extra time to prepare for the Champions League visit of Liverpool next week after their request to postpone the weekend La Liga trip to Granada was granted.  Instead, the game will be rescheduled for a later date.  

Liverpool currently sit two points clear of Atleti in Group B, and with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in top form, Jurgen Klopp’s men feel they are ready to win this crunch tie.

It is also interesting to note that this week Liverpool had been linked with a transfer move for Portuguese starlet Joao Felix, with the player being lined up as a long term replacement for Mo Sarah. It is understood the Egyptian international is considering a move to Spain when his Liverpool contract expires, with a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid on the horizon.