European champions Liverpool resume their Champions League title defense with a trip to a very special place for the club – the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico Madrid will welcome Liverpool in a mouth-watering encounter at the start of the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.
The Colchoneros will have to overcome their form issues, as they’ve won just one of their seven outings in all competitions.
At home, however, Diego Simeone’s side has noted seven wins in the last nine games they’ve hosted and suffered just one defeat in the 2019-20 campaign so far, losing 1-0 to Barcelona back in early December.
The Champions League title holders return to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for the first time since lifting the “Big Ears” trophy at the same football ground last June.
They are enjoying an impressive 2019-20 season and travel to Madrid in great form, having won nine of the 10 games they’ve played in 2020 so far.
With the English Championship almost in their hands, Liverpool will undoubtedly focus on retaining the European crown in the coming months and maybe even attack the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble.
Atletico Madrid and Liverpool’s only previous Champions League encounters came in the 2008/09 group stages – both games ended 1-1.
Liverpool are winless in their last five away games against Spanish opposition in Europe, losing four (D1).
The Reds have always progressed against Spanish opposition in a two-legged Champions League tie (3/3): 2-2 on away goals v Barcelona (2006/07 round of 16), 5-0 on aggregate v Real Madrid (2008/09 round of 16), 4-3 v Barcelona (2018/19 semi-finals).
Atleti have never lost at home under Diego Simeone in the Champions League knockout stages (W8 D4).