The Champions League returns to Anfield tomorrow night as Liverpool host Atletico Madrid. A win will see the Reds qualify for the knockout stages, but it will be no easy task as Atletico showed in Madrid a fortnight ago. With that in mind, we don’t expect many changes, even with a trip to West Ham to come on Sunday. We take a look at how Jürgen Klopp could line up his team against the Spanish champions.

Alisson Becker should be in goal, with the Brazilian still searching for his first clean sheet in the Champions League this season. Ahead of him, we predict one change in the back four, with Joel Matip returning alongside Virgil Van Dijk. Konaté will make do with a place on the bench, alongside Nat Phillips.

Fellow centre back, Joe Gomez, was not in training today and could be a doubt for the fixture. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will likely continue at full back, with Neco Williams and Kostas Tsimikas taking up their place on the substitutes bench.

There could be a case made for a change at left back, with Tsimikas coming in for Robbo. The Scotsman wasn’t at his best on Saturday, and with that trip to West Ham on the horizon, could be given a breather. It certainly wouldn’t pose too much of a concern should that be the case, as the Greek is quietly enjoying himself a solid season. We have yet to concede a goal with him on the pitch after all.

Another argument could be made for resting Van Dijk, again with that West Ham game in mind. He has already made 12 appearances for the club this season and they will be mindful not to overload him after the long layoff he endured, owing to the ACL injury he suffered at the hands of Jordan Pickford. He has been left out of both Carabao Cup games this season, as well as the UCL clash with Milan.

In midfield, the return of Fabinho and Thiago is a real boost, especially after Naby Keita succumbed to a hamstring injury. With Klopp always being sensible about not rushing players returning from injury, we expect both to start on the bench. That leaves the three fit senior midfielders to start; Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones. As a trio, they didn’t do themselves justice against Brighton and will get a chance to iron out any kinks.

Upfront, Firmino struggled at the weekend and could have been subbed earlier than he eventually was. We see Diogo Jota coming into the XI for the Brazilian. Salah and Mané are top three in the club’s history for goals in this competition, alongside Steven Gerrard, and will look to add to their tallies here from the start.

Predicted team:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Salah, Jota, Mané.

Subs: Kelleher, Williams, Konaté, Phillips, Tsimikas, Morton, Dixon-Bonner, Fabinho, Thiago, Firmino, Origi, Minamino.



  1. Predicted line up is spot on fritz .👍🏽
    I’d rather play Tsimikas ahead of Robbo, he looks rusty in recent past games and sure looks like he needs a breather.
    A win against ATM could set the atmosphere for sunday’s showdown at the London stadium.

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  2. I think Fabinho and Henderson will start, with our fab 4 as well. Matip will surely start as well. Will be a tough game, our Home form is very poor but am sure we will mantain our unbeaten run. Prediction





    Scoreline 3-1

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    1. That’s too attacking a lineup I feel. Atleti are no mugs. They’ll outnumber us in midfield and cause us problems on the counter if we set up like this. And I don’t agree that our home form is poor.


  3. A win for us tonight would save us a lot of stress in the champions league and premier league, it would also give other players like Origi and Minamino more playing time, this is a must win match for me honestly, I think Matip and Van dijk, would start, personally I’d prefer Tsimikas to take the place of Robertson for tonight’s match, I also think Fabinho would make the line-up, along side Henderson and Curtis Jones, then going forward, Salah, Firmino and Mane…
    Scoring more than one goal early and maintaining the lead would be vital for us, we have a good squad, score early, manage the game, the the last 20 minutes or so, bring in fresh legs to see the game through, thankfully, there are 5 substitutions, but with the history between Athletico and Liverpool, I’d doubt klopp would even make up to 3 changes tonight…

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