Atletico Madrid are looking to cement their strong start to the 2021/22 Champions League group stage on Tuesday night when they host Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone’s Atleti have a good record against the Reds, although fitness concerns over several players who will undergo late assessments could influence who plays.
Here’s a look at the starting XI the manager could pick…
Jan Oblak (GK): Only four clean sheets in all competitions so far for the Slovenian, who has virtually monopolised Spain’s Zamora Trophy in recent years.
Felipe (CB): The suspension of Stefan Savic will bring the Brazilian back into the starting XI after dropping out for the most recent game against Barcelona.
Geoffrey Kondogbia (CB): Jose Gimenez’s fitness will be assessed as late as possible, but there could be an emergency reshuffle if he is not able to play because of a muscle problem.
Mario Hermoso (CB): His role as the constant in a potentially patched up back three could be crucial. Has started eight of Atletico’s 10 games in all competitions this season.
Kieran Trippier (RWB): Could get the nod ahead of Marcos Llorente, who is a late doubt. The Englishman has largely been preferred in La Liga but is yet to start in Europe this season.
Thomas Lemar (CM): A goal and assist in a win over Barcelona before the international break was a perfect way to build confidence following a recent injury absence.
Koke (CM): The captain got important minutes under his belt for Spain during the international break, having only played once for Atletico since missing games in September.
Rodrigo de Paul (CM): Yet to start in the Champions League this season but has played at least half of the previous two games against AC Milan and Porto.
Yannick Carrasco (LWB): Reverted back to a wide role after starting the campaign centrally and has most been an automatic starter up to now.
Joao Felix (ST): Got the nod against Barcelona and has started both previous Champions League games this season, despite Antoine Griezmann’s return to the club.
Luis Suarez (ST): Already has five goals to his name in all competitions this season and is set to face his former club for only the third time since his departure in 2014.