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Diego Simeone's latest comments could hand Liverpool major advantage

Diego Simeone has revealed to Sky Sports that Alvaro Morata is a major injury doubt for Atletico Madrid’s crunchtime Champions League clash with Liverpool.

Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian coach Diego Simeone attends a press conference at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on March 10, 2020, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg football match against Liverpool. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Morata, 27, who had started the previous leg, was expected to start at the home of the European champions but is currently nursing an injury that will likely see the former Chelsea star on the sidelines.

Simeone suggested he does want to check on his player’s fitness again before making a final decision but Morata’s involvement tonight is looking increasingly unlikely.

“We will look at him in training and we will see how he is then,” Simeone said.

“You know pretty much what I will be doing. I don’t think our line-up will be far off from what you think it might be.”

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MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 19: Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool and Alvaro Morata of Atletico de Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League football match, round 16, played between Atletico de Madrid and Liverpool FC at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on February 19, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / AFP7 / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images)

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With Liverpool nursing a few injuries of their own, the Reds will certainly take any boost they can get ahead of their do-or-die European bout.

Alisson Becker has been ruled out with a hip problem while Jordan Henderson could return after sustaining a hamstring injury in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium three weeks ago.

The travelling visitors could be set to lose 11 worth of goals with Morata comfortably Atletico’s top-scorer this season.

Jurgen Klopp has never lost a Champions League match at Anfield so for Atletico to lose a key player ahead of the tie already improves Liverpool’s chances of progressing into the quarter-finals.

 

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