Liverpool's Champions League defence hit a major roadblock after the Reds lost to Atletico Madrid in the first leg in the Round of 16. However, a 1-0 loss means Jurgen Klopp will be confident his side could overturn the deficit, even if they will be up against Diego Simeone's resilient Atletico Madrid. Here's the LIV vs ATL Dream11 prediction, match schedule and team previews.
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: 1:30 AM IST
Liverpool endured a difficult run after the loss to Atletico where they lost their Premier League unbeaten status while also being dumped out of the FA Cup. They are entering the LIV vs ATL contest after a difficult 2-1 win over Bournemouth. While the Reds have been inconsistent since the loss at the Wanda Metropolitano, the return of captain Jordan Henderson should be a big boost for Jurgen Klopp. The midfielder is set to assessed before the game and Liverpool fans expect their Champions League-winning captain to start against Diego Simeone's side. Alisson, however, will miss the game with his muscle injury, Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid continue to struggle in LaLiga. Their attack has been relatively poor with big-money signing Joao Felix struggling to adapt to the demands of Spanish football. Despite their poor form in Spain, Atletico could prove to be a stern test for Liverpool, especially with Simeone's men having a slender 1-0 lead to defend.
Liverpool: Alisson (muscle), Nathaniel Clyne (knee), Xherdan Shaqiri (calf)
Atletico Madrid: Thomas Lemar (thigh), Dario Poveda (cruciate ligament)
Adrian (GK), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joseph Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Jan Oblak (GK), Renan Lodi, Felipe, Stefan Savic, Kieran Trippier, Saul Niguez, Koke, Thomas Partey, Angel Correa, Alvaro Morata, Joao Felix
Liverpool: Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold
Atletico Madrid: Alvaro Morata, Saul Niguez
Defenders: T Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, K Tripper
Midfielders: G Wijnaldum, S Niguez (vc), Koke, S Mane (c)
Attackers: M Salah, A Morata
Although difficult to predict, we reckon Liverpool will edge out Atletico Madrid with a narrow win.