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Reds primed to pass Metropolitano test
Liverpool have not been as convincing in Europe as they have domestically, but can pass a major test in the Spanish capital.
Most visitors struggle at the Wanda Metropolitano but Liverpool have fantastic memories of the arena where they defeated Tottenham in last season’s Champions League final.
The Reds’ task will be made slightly easier due to doubts over the fitness several Atletico players.
Kieran Trippier is a definite absentee and Atletico head coach Diego Simeone has decisions to make over Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, Joao Felix, Jose Gimenez and Hector Herrera, who are on the mend after recent layoffs.
Liverpool will be close to full strength with Sadio Mane back in the fold.
With the league all but sealed, Jurgen Klopp’s side can fully focus on retaining their European crown.
The Reds will be aiming to peak on European nights and can become the second away side to beat Atletico this season.