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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Match Preview, Predicted Lineup & Kickoff Time

When Liverpool travels to Atletico Madrid for their Group B match on Tuesday, they will look to maintain their flawless start to the 2021-22 Champions League.

On match day two, Jurgen Klopp's team thrashed Porto 5-1, while Atletico Madrid snatched a last-gasp victory over AC Milan.

Many expected Atletico Madrid to draw their match against AC Milan on match day two, and Rafael Leao would break the deadlock for the Rossoneri in just 20 minutes, until Franck Kessie's red card made things interesting.

The La Liga winners would not equalize until the 84th minute, thanks to Antoine Griezmann's shot, and Luis Suarez would tuck away the match penalty after Pierre Kalulu's handball in the seventh minute of second-half injury time.

Simeone's team worked hard for their San Siro victory and could only muster a point from their match against Porto on match day one, but a 2-0 La Liga victory against Barcelona right before the international break boosted Atletico's confidence.

Jurgen Klopp was quick to point out that Liverpool's previous goal-laden displays at Porto meant nothing going into their most recent visit to the Estadio do Dragao, but the Reds certainly ignored their manager's admission as they thrashed Sergio Conceicao's side 5-1 last time out.

Liverpool's forward line of Mohamed Salah (2), Roberto Firmino (2), and Sadio Mane all scored twice as the Reds went two for two in the 2021-22 Champions League to rush to the top of Group B.

Salah was up to his old tricks once again as Liverpool hammered Watford 5-0 in their most recent Premier League match, scoring an almost identical goal to his miracle strike against Manchester City, while Firmino scored a hat-trick and Mane scored his 100th English top-flight goal.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 20 games across all competitions and have scored 27 goals in their previous eight games, continuing their hot record of scoring at least three goals in every away game this season.

TEAM NEWS:

Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic, who is already injured, has two more games on his suspension, while midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia will miss the trip to Anfield if he is booked, but could be needed at centre-back.

Matheus Cunha and Jose Gimenez are also expected to miss Tuesday's match, although Marcos Llorente, Liverpool's arch-rival, is getting closer to a comeback as he continues to be put through his paces in training.

Following their late returns from international duty, Liverpool's Alisson Becker and Fabinho travelled directly to Madrid, where they are expected to replace Caoimhin Kelleher and James Milner in the starting line-up.

At Vicarage Road, Diogo Jota and Trent Alexander-Arnold were both passed fit for the game, but Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliott are still out, and Curtis Jones is a serious doubt.

Here is my predicted line-up for this thrilling encounter.

Atletico Madrid (Formation 3-5-2):

Jan Oblak (GK); Felipe, Kondogbia, Hermoso, Trippier, De Paul, Koke, Thomas Lemar, Carrasco, Suarez, Griezmann.

Liverpool (Formation 4-3-3):

Alisson Becker (GK); Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Sadio Mane.

KICKOFF TIME: This match will be played on Tuesday at 8PM Nigerian time.

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