Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool LIVE: Score and Champions League latest, Saul Niguez GOAL


ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 LIVERPOOL | SAUL [3]

Liverpool made two changes as they returned to the scene of last year’s Champions League triumph to face Atletico Madrid.

Sadio Mane returned to the starting line-up after his goalscoring cameo as a substitute at the weekend and Fabinho also featured in the last-16 first-leg clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita made way.

Atletico, who are currently fourth in LaLiga, welcomed back striker Alvaro Morata from injury. Another former Chelsea forward, Diego Costa, was on the bench hoping to make his comeback from a hernia problem.

Joao Felix, Atleti’s £114million summer signing was out injured, as was England full-back Kieran Trippier.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Vrsaljko, Felipe, Savic, Renan Lodi, Saul, Koke, Thomas, Lemar, Morata, Correa

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane

  • Saul Niguez opens the scoring for Atletico Madrid inside four minutes

ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 LIVERPOOL

33: More possession for Jurgen Klopp’s side in and around the Atletico penalty area but they can’t carve out any chances. That wall of red and white shirts are making life very difficult for the visitors. Steve McManaman think Liverpool need to be more patient – I think they need to be quicker.

30: Half-hour gone and Liverpool still trail. Andrew Robertson and Fabinho both attempt long-range efforts but both send their shots high and wide.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

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29: Frantic stuff! Alvaro Morata really should give Atletico Madrid a two-goal lead when turning inside and leaving Fabinho for dead. He fires straight at Alisson, who parries it to safety.

The visitors head straight down the other end and have the ball in the net courtesy of Mohamed Salah, but his one-two was with a clearly offside Roberto Firmino. Breathless stuff here in Spain.

26: I didn’t think the dark arts would be in force so early in the two-edged tie, but Renan Lodi has proven me wrong. Mohamed Salah barely touches him and the Brazilian hits the deck in agony. Oh look, he’s fine seconds later.

23: Felipe looks shattered. He’s already down inside his own box gulping down the air after a few sprints. He’s up against Sadio Mane, who may just fancy his chances as the match continues.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates (Image: GETTY)

20: Close! Atletico Madrid very, very nearly extend their advantage. The ball is whipped through Liverpool’s six-yard box and a sliding Andrew Robertson manages to hook it away from the lurking Alvaro Morata.

17: Prepare yourselves for 70 minutes of this. Liverpool are bossing the possession statistics and playing deep inside Atletico territory but the Spanish side are seemingly happy to keep it that way. It’s almost as if they’re saying ‘come on, what you got?’

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14: Hmmm. Another dreadful delivery from Trent Alexander-Arnold after some promising approach play from Liverpool. Just hasn’t found his range yet on that right channel. The atmosphere must be contributing to that – boos and whistles have been constant when Atletico are out of possession.

11: Not used to seeing that lack of composure from Trent Alexander-Arnold, who strangely looks to lob Jan Oblak from about 25 yards away. Perhaps that was a cross gone wrong but it did look like an effort. Anyway, Liverpool are seeing more of the ball now as Atletico hunker down.

8: Liverpool simply can’t get going. Atletico Madrid are outrunning and out battling Jurgen Klopp’s side all over the park. Diego Simeone has already been told off TWICE for running out of his technical area. He just can’t stand still!

5: So the good news for Liverpool is that they have around 175 minutes to respond. The bad news is that Atletico Madrid have NEVER lost when Saul Niguez has scored. Still thinking about the bad news aren’t you?

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ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 LIVERPOOL | SAUL

3: GOAL! Well… that wasn’t expected! Atletico Madrid have the lead inside four minutes courtesy of Saul Niguez!

The Spanish side are rewarded for their enterprising start with a corner. Liverpool fail to clear their lines and there’s the midfielder to apply the finish from point-blank range.

ATLETICO MADRID 0-0 LIVERPOOL

1: And we’re underway at a ferocious Wanda Metropolitano. Come on, what else was it going to be like? Atletico in red and white while Liverpool are wearing their… is it black or blue? Well they dark away strip.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates (Image: GETTY)

No room for error

Jurgen Klopp has warned there is little room for error as Liverpool resume their Champions League defence in Madrid.

Atletico, who finished second in LaLiga last season, are enduring a difficult campaign this time around – in contrast to Liverpool’s runaway form in the Premier League.

Diego Simeone’s men, who suffered a humbling Copa del Rey loss to third division Cultural Leonesa last month, have failed to mount a challenge this year and are fourth after one win in their last five.

Nevertheless, Klopp is wary of the dangers of a side which under Simeone has twice reached the Champions League final and won a LaLiga title and two Europa Leagues.

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“Playing Atletico I would say is one of the most difficult things in the life of a football player,” Klopp said. “If there’s one team where you have to be at your absolute best, it’s Atletico. They give you absolutely no presents. If you work as hard as possible, you have a chance. If you don’t do that, you have no chance.

“The moment you are not 100 per cent concentrated, they close you down with two or three players and then counter-attack. If you are not focused and concentrated in your own offensive play, you will not even have a shot on target because they close the centre so good.”

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

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Twitter round-up

Khan: Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren fit yet not even on the bench tells you the strength of Liverpool not to mention the upcoming youngsters and Xherdan Shaqiri coming back. Liverpool have a squad as good as any these days.

Stuart: It’s actually staggering when you look at the current Liverpool team and see how many of the players are arguably the best/amongst the best in the world in their position.

Fin: I love how Diego Simeone stays consistent with this 4-4-2, my favourite formation since Sir Alex till date. Rooting for Atletico Madrid. Someone has got to stop those red people!

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Liverpool made two changes as they returned to the scene of last year’s Champions League triumph to face Atletico Madrid.

Sadio Mane returned to the starting line-up after his goalscoring cameo as a substitute at the weekend and Fabinho also featured in the last-16 first-leg clash at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita made way.

Atletico, who are currently fourth in LaLiga, welcomed back striker Alvaro Morata from injury.

Another former Chelsea forward, Diego Costa, was on the bench hoping to make his comeback from a hernia problem.

Joao Felix, Atleti’s £114million summer signing was out injured, as was England full-back Kieran Trippier.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Starting XI

Well Liverpool makes two changes from Saturday’s win over Norwich and you would have to say that Jurgen Klopp fields his strongest possible side.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Vrsaljko, Felipe, Savic, Renan Lodi Saul, Koke, Thomas, Lemar, Morata, Correa.

Subs: Adan, Gimenez Llorente, Costa, Vitolo, Carrasco, Hermoso.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Milner, Keita, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino Origi, Matip.

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

The scene(s)

Champions League holders Liverpool return to the scene of their 2019 triumph tonight when they face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.

The defending champions and runaway Premier League leaders face a stern test against Diego Simeone’s side.

Tonight will see a clash of styles as Jurgen Klopp’s aggressive pressing and attacking style is put to the test against the defensive, counter-attacking system Simeone favours.

It’s all set up for a cracker in Madrid.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Evening…

Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League as Liverpool visit Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

It’s been a full 70 days (I actually bothered researching that) since the final fixture of the group stages and now we’ve reached the knockout stages.

Atletico, who finished second in LaLiga last season, are enduring a difficult campaign this time around – in contrast to Liverpool’s runaway form in the Premier League.

Diego Simeone’s men, who suffered a humbling Copa del Rey loss to third division Cultural Leonesa last month, have failed to mount a challenge this year and are fourth after one win in their last five.

Surely this one will not disappoint – standby for team news and line ups…

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool LIVE: Champions League score, team news and updates (Image: GETTY)

ATLETICO MADRID vs LIVERPOOL

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Atletico Madrid.

Striker Sadio Mane came through unscathed after coming off the bench to score on his return to action against Norwich at the weekend.

Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is still sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Atletico Madrid will be missing key personnel against Liverpool such as record signing Joao Felix and Kieran Trippier, while striker Diego Costa is battling to be fit after a back injury he sustained in November.

Top scorer Alvaro Morata, defender Jose Gimenez and captain Koke are all available for the match against Juergen Klopp’s side but have missed large chunks of the season and only recently returned to action.

Liverpool squad: Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Lallana, Origi, Minamino.





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