Two of the Champions League favourites go head to head at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano tonight, as Atletico Madrid host Liverpool in a repeat of the last-16 tie between the two teams from a couple of seasons ago. Both Atletico and Liverpool are unbeaten after the first two group-stage games, so will something give tonight? Stay with us for build-up to Atletico vs Liverpool and then updates from the match itself.
Atletico vs Liverpool LIVE – Latest Updates
This, then, is the start of our Atletico vs Liverpool live blog, with our updates from this Champions League night following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
18:50 BST: Liverpool’s XI is announced
Jurgen Klopp has Alisson and Fabinho available for this fixture after they missed last weekend’s win against Watford, but only the goalkeeper has been named in the starting line-up for tonight’s match.
Liverpool’s starting line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
18:30 BST: Atletico’s XI is here
Diego Simeone has named a front two of Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix, while Geoffrey Kondogbia will fill in at centre-back.
Atletico’s starting line-up (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Felipe Augusto, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Mario Hermoso; Kieran Trippier, Thomas Lemar, Koke, Rodrigo de Paul, Yannick Carrasco; Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann.
18:00 BST: Atletico’s impressive home record
Since moving to the Wanda, Atletico have lost just one – yes, ONE – home Champions League match. The in-form Liverpool will be looking to change that tonight, though.
17:30 BST: Liverpool fans in Madrid
The Liverpool fans are enjoying the pre-match build-up in the Spanish capital, with many drinking in the Plaza Mayor.
17:00 BST: Atletico vs Liverpool preview
Despite struggling against Porto in the opening game, Atletico Madrid sent a strong message on Matchday 2 with an away victory against AC Milan, and the Spanish giants will no look to press home their case for qualification in a Champions League double-header against Liverpool.
The first of those games takes place on Tuesday evening at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, although Los Colchoneros will be aware they are facing a team that are in top form in Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah has been imperious of late, scoring a quite magnificent individual goal in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Watford, and you’d expect Atletico’s defence to need to be at their best to keep him quiet.
With Milan taking on Porto in the other fixture, this isn’t necessarily the time for either Liverpool or Atletico Madrid to drop points, with a swing in results putting huge pressure on either side in the final two matchdays.
Matheus Cunha remains injured for the hosts, whilst Jose Gimenez and Marcos Llorente face a battle to be fit enough to play against the Merseyside club.
Liverpool have no real new injury issues, although Thiago Alcantara is nearing a return, whilst Harvey Elliott will be on the sidelines for a while due to his ankle fracture/dislocation.
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool predicted line-ups
Atletico Madrid’s predicted line-up (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Stefan Savic, Felipe Augusto, Mario Hermoso; Kieran Trippier, Koke, Rodrigo de Paul, Thomas Lemar, Yannick Carrasco; Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.
Liverpool’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: When does it start?
The match takes place on Tuesday evening, and as with most Champions League group stage matches, kicks off at 21:00 CEST. For those living in the USA you can tune in at 15:00ET/12:00PT, and for those living in the UK, you can watch the match at 20:00 BST.
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Where to watch it?
The Champions League meeting between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool will take place at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday, October 19. For those living in the USA, you can watch the game live on Paramount+ and for those in the UK, the match will be broadcast live on BT Sport.