Liverpool have a 100 percent record so far this season in the Champions League and sit in first place in Group B with nine points, so with a victory against Atletico Madrid they can book their place in the last 16 of the competition. Los Rojiblancos will be keen to exact some revenge at Anfield on Wednesday night, though, after losing 3-2 in Matchday 2. Stay with us on this Champions League live blog for the build-up to Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid and then updates from the match itself.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid LIVE SCORE: 2-0
This is the start of our Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid live blog. Our pre-match and minute-by-minute updates from this Champions League group stage game follow here and the entries nearest the top are the most recent.
Minute 33: Hermoso denies Salah just in time
Liverpool look more likely to score a third than Atletico look like getting on the scoreboard. This time, Mario Hermoso gets back just in time to cut out a chance for Salah.
Minute 21: GOAL!!! MANE MAKES IT TWO!!!
Sadio Mane‘s strength starts another Liverpool move and then he is the one to finish it, as Salah plays a nice cross into his attacking colleague. This game is getting away from Atletico Madrid.
Minute 13: GOAL!!! JOTA HEADS LIVERPOOL IN FRONT!!!
Atletico Madrid had been the better side to start off, but they’re behind early on as Diogo Jota heads in a bouncing cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Minute 4: Joao Felix almost connects!
Carrasco is attacking and puts a ball into the area, one that Joao Felix can’t quite reach. That was close to being a really good early chance for Atletico.
Minute 1: Kick off!
It’s Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid, which is always special. So, sit back and enjoy this one and follow along with us on this live blog.
19:55 GMT: Time for ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
It’s a Champions League night at Anfield and that means it’s time for a rousing rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. At a packed stadium, it’s a beautiful sight.
19:20 GMT: It’s a familiar Liverpool vs Atletico referee
The referee for tonight’s Liverpool vs Atletico match is Danny Makkelie, the Dutchman who was actually the man in the middle when these sides met at Anfield last time, just before the pandemic. Then, Atleti won 3-2 after extra time.
18:55 GMT: The Liverpool starting XI is confirmed too
Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool team to take on Atletico Madrid at Anfield has been confirmed, with the German making five changes to the XI that drew with Brighton at the weekend. Notably it will be Diogo Jota and not Roberto Firmimo joining Sadio Mane and Mo Salah in attack, with the Brazilian dropping to the bench.The full Liverpool team is: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Konstantinos Tsmikas; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Diogo Jota.
18:45 GMT: It’s three up front in Atletico’s line-up
The Atletico Madrid starting XI for the game at Anfield has been confirmed and there are two changes from the side that beat Real Betis at the weekend, including Joao Felix coming in for the suspended Antoine Griezmann. The full line-up is as follows: Jan Oblak; Felipe, Jose Maria Gimenez, Mario Hermoso; Kieran Tripper, Rodrigo De Paul, Koke, Yannick Carrasco; Angel Correa, Luis Suarez, Joao Felix.
18:15 GMT: Klopp and Simeone’s handshake-gate
One of the big Liverpool vs Atletico talking points has been the lack of a handshake between the coaches at the end of the first meeting in Spain. This has been a big talking point in the British media, even though Simeone never stays to shake hands, even in defeat. “We were both emotional but now I know he doesn’t like to do it so no problem,” Klopp said on Tuesday. “Then we can all go home happy but between the handshakes. It’s an important game, which I am more concerned about.”
17:45 GMT: A Spanish team facing Liverpool means Beatles puns
It wouldn’t be a European game between a Spanish side and Liverpool without some Beatles puns and references. There is a special affection for the city of Liverpool in Spain and Atleti‘s own Twitter account has joined in the fun.
17:05 GMT: The big Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid preview
Liverpool managed to leave the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano with a 3-2 win just two weeks ago, but Atletico Madrid have the chance to get revenge on Jurgen Klopp‘s side on Wednesday night at Anfield.
Diego Simeone‘s side rallied back from two goals down but the eventual defeat leaves them tied on four points with third placed Porto, meaning that a positive result is of huge importance if they are to progress to the knockout stages. Liverpool, meanwhile, are sitting pretty in first place, with nine points, and victory for them on home soil would book their spot in the next round.
Anfield is a notoriously difficult place to visit, yet Liverpool let a 2-0 lead slip on the weekend in the Premier League against Brighton, drawing 2-2 with Graham Potter’s side. Atletico, on the other hand, cruised to a 3-0 win over Real Betis to boost confidence ahead of their trip to England.
16:50 GMT: The Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid predicted line-ups
Liverpool’s predicted line-up: Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones; Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah.
Atletico Madrid’s predicted line-up: Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Felipe, Jose Gimenez, Mario Hermoso; Koke, Rodrigo de Paul, Yannick Carrasco; Joao Felix, Angel Correa, Luis Suarez.
16:30 GMT: When does Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid start and where to watch it?
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid in the Champions League is scheduled for a 21:00 CET kick off on Wednesday, November 3. Viewers in the United Kingdom can tune in from 20:00 GMT, on BT Sport 2 or on the BT Sport app, and those in the United States can watch from 16:00 ET or 13:00 PT on Paramount+ or TUDN USA.