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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.

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Match in Focus

17:55 TODAY BT3

FC Copenhagen v Celtic

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Copenhagen have lost only once at home this season
Expert verdict
Celtic have a 100 per cent record in 2020 and will be optimistic about progressing to the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of Copenhagen. Celtic are winless in European knockout football since 2004 while the hosts’ six group matches featured just nine goals, so this could be a tight contest.