This Wednesday night sees Liverpool in familiar territory: heading into a second leg of a Champions League tie at Anfield needing a result. The Reds will have faith that they can pull off one of their classic comebacks to overturn the 1-0 deficit. Atletico Madrid have been dealt a blow ahead of the tie with Alvaro Morata missing training due to injury.
The Reds were unlucky to go a goal behind in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The hosts were awarded a corner following a bad decision from the linesman, the subsequent set piece saw the ball ricochet off a helpless Fabinho into Saul’s feet. The Spaniard made no mistake to put his side in the lead after just four minutes.
From then on out it was a case of dig in and dive for the Spanish side.
Diego Simeone’s men sat in a low block and put on a defensive masterclass. Their other tactics were less admirable, with the Atletico side throwing themselves to the ground at every opportunity and conning the gullible referee.
With Wednesday now a decisive date for both sides, Atletico Madrid have been left sweating with Alvaro Morata an injury doubt ahead of the fixture.
Marca in Spain has reported that the striker missed their last training session on home soil due to a knock picked up at the weekend which saw him substituted around the hour mark.
What RTK has to say
The Reds will take any help they can get, although they may not need it.
Anfield is a place that any side dreads going to when they need to hold onto a lead.
With Atleti having thrown away a lead at this stage last season, Jürgen Klopp’s men will be confident they can repeat the trick. Morata’s potential absence could force the less mobile Diego Costa into the lineup, Virgil van Dijk will swallow him up.