Liverpool have the chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League when they host Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s team last suffered defeat all the way back in April, when they were dumped from the quarterfinals in Europe’s main competition by Atletico’s city rivals, Real Madrid. The Reds are one of four sides with a perfect result from the first three match days of the season’s tournament, and defeated their future opponents as recently as two weeks ago.
Here is XI Klopp can choose in an attempt to extend Liverpool’s continental excursions after Christmas.
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Alisson (GK) – Alisson’s propensity to fly out of his box and sweep up behind Liverpool’s high line is confirmed by his competitive figure on six defensive actions outside the penalty area in this season’s Champions League.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – As creatively productive as ever at home, 88 players have surprisingly created more chances than Liverpool’s playing full-back in the Champions League this season.
Ibrahima Konate (CB) – When Klopp eases his signing of the summer into the group, the 22-year-old can be granted his first European excursion this season.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) – With the troublesome memory of an uncharacteristically flawed screen in the inverted fixture still fresh, Van Dijk will surely have the chance to correct last month’s mistakes.
Andy Robertson (LB) – After taking part in each of Liverpool’s last 25 matches in Europe’s premier league, it is unlikely that Robertson will miss his first continental excursion since 2019.
The perfect start?
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Curtis Jones (CM) – Briefly described as “everywhere and in everything” when he is at the best of his manager, Atletico will be the latest side to hit Jones.
Jordan Henderson (CM) – In the continued absence of the dubious Fabinho, Liverpool’s skipper has not looked out of place at the base of the midfield.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM) – Just as Thursday is the new Friday, midfielder is Liverpool’s new midfielder this season as Oxlade-Chamberlain can get a start from the amount of injuries in his position.
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Mohamed Salah (RW) – With 1.5 goals without penalties and assists every 90 minutes this season, Salah more than doubles his (already impressive) result from the previous term.
Diogo Jota (ST) – Although he has technically been an Atletico Madrid player for two years, Jota never played a minute of competition for Liverpool’s future opponents, who may wish he never played a minute against them either.
Sadio Mane (LW) – Mane was surprisingly released on the bench for Liverpool’s Manchester United tightening and will be ready for a starting place in the middle of the week.