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Can Atletico capitalize against weakened Liverpool?

Liverpool host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 Champions League. trailing 1-0 they have to hope for yet another special Anfield night to get them through to the quarter-finals. It’s not such a massive task as when beating Barcelona. They would have loved to have scored an away goal though.

Liverpool is unbeaten in their last 17 home games in this They will be counting on their strength at home and the fabled Anfield atmosphere to help them overturn their one-goal deficit. Captain Henderson returned to training on Sunday and will face a late fitness test. Andrew Robertson was left out against Bournemouth on Saturday as a precaution but is expected to be fit, while the front three picks itself.

According to Jürgen Klopp goalkeeper Alisson has been ruled out again which could be Liverpool’s biggest loss. Reserve-keeper Adrian simply does not maintain the same level as the Brazilian. Atletico Madrid travels to Merseyside with a slender advantage. But they have only won one of their last six away Champions League games. Partey returns in midfield after missing Saturday’s draw with Sevilla due to injury. Winger Lemar remains an injury doubt ahead of the Anfield clash.

Morata ended his eight-week goal drought against Sevilla and is expected to be preferred to Diego Costa upfront, with Correa in support. Atletico has drawn their last two in the La Liga and they’d definitely be satisfied with a draw in this game. Madrid took an early lead in the first leg of this encounter but will wish they had scored again.

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Their away form is disappointing with no wins in their last six matches. In the Champions League, they have been beaten in their last two, with only two wins in the last 12. Liverpool is probably in their worst form of the season but has nevertheless won 19 of their 21 home matches this season.

They have not lost a Champions League game at Anfield since 2014. Being fragile at the back currently, paired with Adrian between the sticks. It still has the look of a tricky tie for The Reds. That being said, Atletico has not been as strong away from home this term. Cheered on by the fervent Anfield crowd. Liverpool should eventually break down Simeone’s men and get the win on the night.

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