Knowing that they need another famous night at Anfield if they are to complete a Champions League turnaround in midweek, a stalling Liverpool will welcome Atletico Madrid to Merseyside on Wednesday night.
While the Premier League leaders might have managed to collect a scrappy 2-1 win off of Bournemouth over the weekend, the Reds have begun to show some signs of fatigue after losing three of their last five outings, including that 1-0 loss in the Spanish capital a fortnight ago.
On the flip side, while Atletico’s 2-2 draw against Sevilla on Saturday may have seen them extend their unbeaten run to six matches on the bounce, Diego Simeone’s side have continued to show some glaring inconsistencies this season.
Despite grabbing a much-needed victory against Wednesday’s hosts a fortnight ago, Madrid have remarkably failed to win any of their last six appearances away from the Wanda Metropolitano and could be in for another tough test in midweek.
Despite chasing a deficit on Wednesday, you might be interested to know that Liverpool can be found priced at 21/20 with Ladbrokes to book their spot in the quarter-finals at Anfield.
Klopp calling for defensive stability
Although Jurgen Klopp may have seen his side come from behind to grab three points off of Bournemouth over the weekend and move one step closer to their first Premier League title, Liverpool once again showed some signs of fatigue at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.
Watching their unbeaten run in England’s top-tier come to a shocking end thanks to a 3-0 hammering away at relegation scrappers Watford 11 days ago, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has seen his side lose three of their last five matches across all competitions.
While Klopp’s star-studded front three might have begun to show some signs of a struggle in creating chances, there is no doubt that fans around Anfield will be most concerned by their side’s problems at the back.
With it confirmed that #1 keeper Alisson Becker is set to miss Atletico’s visit on Wednesday, the Reds have now failed to record a clean sheet in any of their last five appearances.
More worrying for Klopp, shipping over 1.5 goals in consecutive matches against Chelsea, Watford, and West Ham, you might be interested to know that Liverpool can be found at 8/11 with Bet365 to have their defence breached in midweek.
Atletico’s away-day issues
Although Atletico may have managed to grab what was a scrappy 2-2 draw against Sevilla over the weekend, Diego Simeone’s men are dealing with what some around Madrid are labelling as a growing crisis.
Despite enjoying a five-match unbeaten, Los Colchoneros have won just three of their last 11 matches across all competitions and have a growing reputation for their issues on the road.
Failing to record a victory away from the Wanda Metropolitano since their Super Cup victory back on the 9th of January, Atletico have also suffered back-to-back Champions League defeats on foreign soil.
Even more worrying for Simeone, a 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow is their only European victory on foreign soil in their last six attempts, a run that stems back to September 2018.
Already shipping at least a pair of goals away at the likes of Barcelona, Eibar, Valencia, and a stunning 2-1 defeat away at lower league Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey, Atletico can be found priced at 8/11 with Coral to once again concede at least a pair of goals at Anfield in midweek.