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Atletico, 11-03-20, CL 2nd Leg (H)

We could probably class this as our biggest game this season so far and even though we're only 1 nil down i feel this is a harder task than the one we had against Barcelona simply because of Madrids defensive qualities and as we know they don't have to score so it's a park the truck job for them and hope for an away goal on the counter which for me would end the tie. Onto the team.

We all know who the front 3 and back 4 will be, Adrian comes in between the sticks as Alisson is injured which doesn't fill me full of confidence i must admit. It's in midfield where it's so hard to predict but what i will say is if Hendo is deemed fit he starts all day long, simple as that, he's been a massive loss. Fabinho is a risk as he battles his way back to his best, he's not on it right now but does Klopp dare bench one of our best players from earlier in the season. He was so good but like i said, a shadow of that player now so for that reason alone i won't pick him. So it's two from Wini, Ox and Keita and as Keita hasn't really kicked off his LFC career yet i'll put Wini and Ox alongside Hendo. So my team would be, 

 

                                                                Adrian

                                              Arnold       Gomez    VVD     Robbo

                                                      Ox     Hendo    Wini

                                                     Salah    Firmino   Mane

 

If Hendo is unfit then of course Fabinho starts but what about Milner after his performance against bouremouth, fantastic, he might just get the nod. Whatever midfield Klopp picks their gonna have to be on their top game to get past Atleti, they all have to be on their game, play like we have been lately and we're out imo. Best of luck RedMen.

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      • I'd rather Adrian punched the ball than try to catch it and drop it at the feet of a forward, as long as he gets good distance on his punches. Let's hope Alisson is back for Everton.
        • Alisson is out for Everton, Klopp has said.
          • Can only hope that Adrian has no issues tonight and gains some confidence.
        • Yes, i suppose but it just shows a lack of confidence in my opinion and i'm sure his defence think the same, would make them nervous i suspect.
          On a side note, it's looking like we may be playing our title winning game, whichever one it is, behind closed doors, if even that. Have you seen that tonights City v Arsenal game has been cancelled.
  • It's difficult to select the midfield with so much to take into account - form, fitness, attacking potential and defensive strength. One or both of Henderson and Milner will start, depending on fitness, but I tend to think Milner may be on the bench because he's likely to have the biggest impact coming on if we're in trouble. Whatever happens we have to score so I can see Klopp starting with Ox. Henderson is used to switching between helping the attack and helping the defence so Klopp could get away with starting the more attacking Ox rather than the more defensively-minded Wijnaldum. The really hard decision is who plays as DM. I don't think it should be Henderson - to come back after injury and play in a secondary role that relies so heavily on positioning and timing is asking a lot. So, it comes down to Fabinho and Wijnaldum. Personally, I'd go for Wijnaldum, he's fit and in form, but I think Klopp will go for Fabinho as it would be a blow to his confidence to be benched. This may well be the situation that brings Fabinho out of himself but to play him is not a strategy without risk. I'm finding the result of this match extremely hard to predict, even with the Anfield crowd behind them Liverpool are going to find it difficult considering the form they're currently in. Having said that, these are the occasions where form goes out of the window so a win is not out of the question.
    • I think we need to focus more on attacking than defensive seen as we need at least 2 goals to go through so starting the Ox, Wini or even Keita with either Hendo/Fabinho makes sense to me.
      My only real concern about this game is our current form, like you say but i feel the Anfield atmosphere on such an occassion will definitely give them a lift. Seems most pundits fancy us to go through albeit by a tight margin and i tend to agree with this, strap yourself in for one of those nail biting European nights at Anfield.
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