Jurgen Klopp’s men welcome La Liga’s finest to Anfield in what is faring up to be a compelling Champions League second-leg knockout tie.
The hosts go into the clash a goal down courtesy of Saul Niguez’s first-leg opener and will need to produce another stunning European comeback to edge past Los Colchoneros – as they did against Barcelona last year on their way to a sixth Champions League title.
So, scroll on down for our Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid predictions and tips…
Liverpool vs Atletico Match Preview
It’s been a record-breaking season for the Reds – 22 points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s centurions, the European treble clinched through beating Flamengo in the Club World Cup final, and an astounding 104 points claimed out of a possible 108 in this year’s campaign.
Yet for all of Liverpool’s feats, the last few weeks have been in stark comparison to the champagne football Klopp’s men produced in the first half of the season, and losing to Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in the first-leg is where our Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid predictions wager this recent blip began. Indeed, the hosts came out of the blocks quickly and were a goal up as early as the third minute through Niguez, with Virgil van Dijk unable to stop the Spaniard from netting.
What followed was a Diego Simeone masterclass; a shut-up-shop tactic that nullified Liverpool’s feared front three and forced the Reds midfield trio into being preoccupied with keeping the opposition attack at bay – a tactic that made its way from Madrid to Hertfordshire less than a week later when Klopp’s men faced Watford in the Premier League.
A 3-0 defeat that sent shockwaves through the footballing world, with goals coming from Troy Deeney, and a double from Ismaila Sarr, followed up by a 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup to London rivals Chelsea puts things into perspective for the Merseysiders ahead of this second leg.
Where they’ve blown Premier League teams away with breathtaking counter-attacking moves, against a side like Madrid who operate with a deep-lying defensive system and use physicality to deter, strikers like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane lose their power.
The only way that the Merseysiders can book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals is through beating that Madrid press and perhaps adding a little more creativity in their midfield through the likes of Naby Keita or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Pair this potential change with a rocking Anfield, a cacophonous Kop and banners galore, and our Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid predictions of a narrow victory for the Reds has every chance of coming true.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Head-To-Head
The fixtures between this March’s opponents have been tetchy affairs down the years, and the first-leg proved to be no different. Yet, if the Reds are to prove our Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid predictions right, then they may have to channel a like-minded performance themselves.
- February 18th, 2020: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
- 29th April 2010: Liverpool 2-1 Atletico Madrid
- 22nd April 2010: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
- 4th November 2008: Liverpool 1-1 Atletico Madrid
- 22nd October 2010: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool Team News
The Reds are without their fair share of key players heading into this Champions League second-leg knockout tie.
Spearheading the list is defender Joe Gomez who was sidelined for the 3-0 defeat against Watford during the weekend due to a minor fitness issue – Dejan Lovren played the understudy, and yet his rustiness against the Hornet’s was also telling.
Aside from the young Englishman, Klopp has vice-captain James Milner’s fitness to mull over. Having missed out both the weekend’s loss and the victory over West Ham two weeks ago, whether or not the 34-year-old slots back into the starting XI is still up for debate.
His return may be fast-tracked given that Liverpool may be without their captain and favored midfield presser Jordan Henderson. By far the host’s biggest blow, the skipper’s absence was palpable over the weekend against Watford and fans will be rooting for a feature in the squad come late March against a steely Madrid midfield.
Atletico Madrid Team News
For Simeone, things look a lot rosier on the medical table, hence our Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid predictions forecasting a tough game for the hosts.
For starters, unlike his German opposite, he has several players returning from injury and in good fitness and health to start the second leg, including a former Premier League striker that the Reds will know all too well: Diego Costa.
The forward featured against Klopp’s men in the dying moments of the first leg and could very well nab a spot in the starting XI. Joining him back in the action is another ex-Chelsea man, Alvaro Morata, with Jose Giminez and the talented Joao Felix bringing up the rear.
With the Argentine in good stead with his squad, the hosts will have their work cut out for them if they are to carve another historic European night into Champions League history.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tips
The Reds are wagering as a ½ odds-on favorites, with the visitors operating as a 10/3 pick in our Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid predictions.
Meanwhile, the chances of a draw panning out, while that may seem incredibly unlikely, is tipping in as a 3/1 punt.
Yet, however hard this task may be for the Reds, their comeback success rivals that of any other club, and under the lights at Anfield, Madrid will cave and give the Red’s explosive attack all the chances to clinch victory.