Atlético Madrid 2-3 Liverpool RECAP: VAR plays key role in crazy Champions League clash

Join Jim Nichol-Turner for live updates as Liverpool look to build on their Premier League demolition of Watford with another away win in the Champions League.

After a walk in the part at Watford on Saturday, a far sterner test awaits Liverpool in the Champions League.

Atlético Madrid were, of course, responsible for the Reds’ exit from this competition at the last 16 stage, in what proved to be the last match at Anfield before the Covid pandemic caused the football season to screech to a halt two seasons ago.

While it’s fair the say the Spaniards were fortunate to leave Merseyside with a win that day, Liverpool were frustrated over the two legs as Diego Simeone set up his side to be water-tight at the back.

It’s what Atléti are good at, and Jürgen Klopp will be wary that it might be another frustrating evening for his side.

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The Spaniards have started fairly well, and are three points off surprise La Liga leaders Real Sociedad, but have a game in hand.

They didn’t play at the weekend, as they were allowed to postpone their game following the international break considering several stars had been globetrotting under Covid conditions.

Those fixtures meant Liverpool were without Alisson and Fabinho against Watford – not that the Reds missed them – but the good news is both will be available in Madrid.

Curtis Jones did not make the trip though due to a minor injury, while Thiago remains absent with a calf problem.

Meanwhile, Simeone may be able to call upon a full compliment of players for this one, with their only injury doubts Jose Gimenez, Marcos Llorente and Matheus Cunha all set to be able to shake off knocks.

You can keep tabs on all the major moments and big decisions in this clash between two European heavyweights with updates refreshing automatically below.

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