After the compromising loss by 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano in the Champions League, Liverpool need to take advantage of their strength at Anfield, where they are unbeaten for a long time, to try and revert the course of this knockout tie against Diego Simeone’s fierce Atleti.
Are Liverpool’s players being affected by fatigue?
Before this Wednesday’s important clash, Liverpool have been on their worst moment of form of the season, with 3 losses on 5 matches, highlighting the loss by 3-0 at Watford that was their first loss in the Premier League, as well as the loss at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea that eliminated the club from the FA Cup.
Jurgen Klopp insists that the players should focus on recovering what they were doing well up until this point, but maybe it can be hard to ask his players to return to the fantastic performance levels they’ve already shown this season.
The side led by the German manager already played a lot of matches at the highest level this season and it’s normal that the intensity loses some of its efficiency because of the physical and psychological fatigue.
But will the Reds be ready to replicate that kind of performances this Wednesday in order to eliminate an Atlético de Madrid that has been looking dreadful in La Liga?
In terms of qualifying, and after losing away from home without scoring any goals, the odds are somewhat higher, currently being around 1.85 on the main bookmakers.
Simeone’s side continues lagging behind domestically
‘Los Colchoneros’ aren’t able to string together winning streaks that allow them to stand out in terms of what is the fight for La Liga’s top 4 positions.
On the weekend, they couldn’t get more than a draw at home (2-2) against Sevilla, which left them in 5th place behind Getafe and Sevilla, besides having Real Sociedad and Valencia relatively close to them as well.
But Diego Simeone currently has a roster that’s doing a lot better in terms of injuries, taking into consideration that Diego Costa and João Félix are now fully recovered and fit to offer themselves as important alternatives to Álvaro
Morata and Angel Correa on the attacking front of the colchoneros.
In fact, it will be essential to score at Anfield in order to be more comfortable on the fight for qualification to the quarter finals, since a goal away from home will force Liverpool to score at least 3 goals in this match.
And despite Atlético not showing the same defensive solidity they displayed in the past this season, it is important to highlight that Jan Oblak still hasn’t conceded 3 goals in the same match on this 2019/20 season.
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— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) March 10, 2020
The “Over 0.5 Team Total Goals” for the visitors is currently priced at 1.68 and, in case Atleti actually manages to score at Anfield, things will become much more complicated for the home side that isn’t going through their brightest moment of form offensively speaking.
Naturally, Atlético will try to postpone the first opposing goal as much as possible, at the same time they wait for opportunities to counterattack, and 1XBet is offering 2.35 on the double chance favouring the Spaniards, which would require them to be successful on their task of avoiding defeat here, and that would also ensure their qualification onto the next round of this Champions League.
Will the European champions be able to step up?
Have Liverpool been resting on the past couple of weeks in order to have an astounding showing on this important match against Atlético?
It’s true that they aren’t on their best period of the season, but while they still have players like Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the attacking front, all of their opponents will have to respect them.
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— Regista (@Regista) March 10, 2020
As for Atlético, they will be coming into this match with the ghost of what happened last season when they’ve beaten Juventus in the first leg of the 8th finals by 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano, but they would eventually be knocked out after losing in Turin by 3-0 on an amazing display where Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and decimated their previous rivals from Madrid.
And with the guarantee that we will have a sold-out crowd at Anfield, the atmosphere will be suitable to galvanize Liverpool’s players that will do everything within their power to bring joy to their fierce fans that are by their side on every match.
Liverpool currently have odds of 6.50 on Bet365 to once again be crowned European champions, but a potential turnaround on this knockout tie should make these odds drop to around the current 3.50 that are offered for Manchester City, the current favourites, before the 2nd leg clashes of the 8th finals of the UEFA Champions League.