Liverpool VS Atletico Madrid Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 20/10/2021
Many thought that Atletico’s matchday two clash with AC Milan had a draw written all over it, and Rafael Leao would take all of 20 minutes to break the deadlock for the Rossoneri before Franck Kessie’s red card made things interesting.
The La Liga champions would not equalise until the 84th minute courtesy of Antoine Griezmann’s strike, and in the seventh minute of second-half injury time, Luis Suarez would tuck away the game-winning penalty following Pierre Kalulu’s handball.
Simeone’s side certainly made hard work of their San Siro win and could only muster a point from their encounter with Porto on matchday one, but a 2-0 La Liga win over Barcelona just before the international break served to increase the confidence in the Atletico ranks.
With their scheduled La Liga battle with Granada postponed due to late arrivals back from international duty, Atletico will have had ample time to prepare for the visit of Liverpool as they seek to extend their unbeaten home run across all competitions to 13 matches.
Simeone’s staunch rearguard have kept three clean sheets in their last three games at the Wanda Metropolitano, but they have drawn their last three Champions League group-stage battles in the Spanish capital, and Liverpool travel to Madrid out for a slice of revenge.
Jurgen Klopp was keen to stress that Liverpool’s previous goal-laden performances at Porto would mean nothing ahead of their most recent trip to the Estadio do Dragao, but the Reds clearly paid no attention to their manager’s admission as they put five past Sergio Conceicao’s men last time out.
The old guard of Mohamed Salah (2), Roberto Firmino (2) and Sadio Mane all made the net ripple as Liverpool went two for two in the 2021-22 Champions League to storm to the top of the rankings in Group B, with only Bayern Munich also chalking up a tournament-high eight goals from two group stage games.
Salah was unsurprisingly up to his old tricks once more as Liverpool thrashed Watford 5-0 during their most recent Premier League encounter – netting almost an exact replica of his wonder strike against Manchester City – while Firmino hit a hat-trick and Mane scored his 100th English top-flight goal.
Now unbeaten in 20 games across all competitions, Liverpool continue to dazzle and delight on the goalscoring front with 27 from their last eight matches, while they have kept up their hot streak of scoring at least three goals in every one of their away games so far this term.
Such attacking prowess will be tested to the extreme against Atletico’s staunch – yet depleted – rearguard, and Liverpool have failed to beat Atletico in four previous meetings, losing both legs of their last-16 clash in the 2019-20 season.