Liverpool host Atletico Madrid in the Reds’ do-or-die Champions League bout at Anfield tonight and Spanish publication Macra have reported that Diego Simeone has told the players of his confirmed line-up for the European clash.
Jurgen Klopp’s European champions trail the Spanish giants 1-0 following Simeone’s tactical masterclass at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium three weeks ago.
Saul Niguez’s solo goal settled the first-leg after Liverpool failed to register a solitary effort on target for the first time since October 2018.
Macra have claimed that the Argentine manager has made three changes to the team that triumphed in Madrid last month with Joao Felix, Diego Costa and Kieran Trippier all coming into the team.
Simeone has reportedly opted to deploy a traditional 4-4-2 system with Costa and Felix operating as Atletico’s attacking focal points.
Felix comes into the side, replacing winger Thomas Lemar. Angel Correa, who started up front in the first leg, will play out wide – and two-time Premier League-winning striker Costa will partner Felix.
Costa, 31, is notoriously known amongst the Liverpool fanbase following his three-and-a-half-year spell with Chelsea. The Spain international clocked up seven appearances against the Reds winning three matches, scoring two goals while suffering two defeats.
Meanwhile, Trippier, 29, last came across the Reds during the 2019 Champions League final clash when playing for Spurs. It was the England international’s last appearance for the Lilywhites trading the Premier League for La Liga following a £22million (ESPN) move to Atletico. The Bury-born defender comes in for Sime Vrsaljko.
The report claims Simeone’s attacking approach will look to abandon his notorious defence dark arts will look to score at the home of the current Champions League holders – rather than holding Liverpool out for the entire 90 minutes.
Macra’s confirmed Atletico XI: Jan Oblak; Trippier, Stefan Savic, Felipe, Ronan Lodi; Koke, Thomas Partey, Niguez, Correa; Costa, Felix.