With the Premier League as good as wrapped up, Liverpool can concentrate on defending their Champions League crown. Jürgen Klopp’s team starts the knockout stages with a favorable matchup against an out-of-form Atletico Madrid side.

Atletico played out a 2-2 draw in the last La Liga round against Valencia, which means that they have now won just once in their last seven outings across all competitions. The team has struggled this season, and Diego Simeone’s men might not even finish inside the top-three in the league.

Liverpool have been in great form throughout the season, even managing to keep going through various injuries. They are getting healthy again, so the chances of another Champions League win seem high. Klopp has molded the team into a big force in Europe, as Liverpool have won their last 11 two-legged European ties.

It’s the fifth meeting of the two in UEFA competitions, and previous results have been as tight as they come, with both sides winning once and two games ending in a draw. Atletico have lost just once to English sides at home in previous 13 matches, while Liverpool have recorded seven wins and six losses in their 18 visits to Spain.

The match preview was originally posted at tipstrr.

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