Athletico Madrid has another tasty showdown with Liverpool as they prepare to welcome the Anfield side at the Metropolitano Arena for this clash.
And both teams would be up for the challenge knowing what is at stake which is definitely beyond a place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League competition.
Liverpool and Athletico Madrid were drawn in what would be arguably the group of death with two European Cup winners FC Porto and 7 times UEFA Champions League winners AC Milan also among the group.
The Reds are riding on a high having won both their group fixtures which were against Italian side AC Milan and FC Porto.
And following the result, they sit comfortably at the top of Group B standing. As for the Spanish side, they are second in the group with 4 points and can leapfrog Liverpool into first place with a win in Madrid this week.
They would fancy their chances after recording impressive wins against rivals Barcelona in La Liga.
The present La Liga Champions have had a memorable UEFA Champions League two-legged tie in recent times against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.
And they would aim to recreate those memories once again though Liverpool safe hands Alisson Becker would be a big boost for this game after missing out on that occasion for the Reds.
ATHLETICO MADRID TEAM NEWS
Diego Simeone's Athletico Madrid is a defensive-oriented side, but they've managed to score six times (goals) in their last four matches across all competitions.
It's known that Simeone and his team have the reputable defensive capability, but Joao Felix and Luis Suarez can score against any side going forward for Athletico Madrid.
They would be without Stefan Savic (due to suspension) and Matheus Cunha (from injury) for the game against the Reds.
LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
Liverpool is an attacking team on the contrary note. They have found the back of the net impressive 27 times (goals) in their last eight games.
But on the other hand, Liverpool's defence has not been top-notch as they've let in six goals in their last four games.
Harvey Elliot and Curtis Jones will miss the game in Madrid on Tuesday. Though midfield player Thiago Alcantara is a major doubt for this match.
ATHLETICO MADRID POSSIBLE LINE-UP
Jan Oblak; Felipe Monteiro, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Mario Hermoso; Kieran Trippier, Rodrigo De Paul, Koke, Thomas Lemar, Yannick Carrasco; Luis Suarez, Antoine Greizmann.
LIVERPOOL PROBABLE LINE-UP
Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
It's very rare for Athletico Madrid fans to witness their team letting in multiple goals at home by any means in recent times.
But with Liverpool inspired by the front trio of Mo Salah, hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, the home side has got to be in their top form to avoid even a big defeat in this one.
Watford could tell the whole story of what Athletico Madrid would be up against. Even as the Reds would be hoping to get some kind of revenge from their opponents. That was due to their defeat to Athletico Madrid last time out.
But a fresh opportunity beckons for the Reds especially now that reliable Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker would be in goal for this contest.
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Athletico Madrid vs. Liverpool Key Facts
- Athletico Madrid has scored six goals in the last four matches.
- Liverpool has scored 27 goals in the previous eight games.
- Liverpool has allowed six goals in the previous four games.
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