Liverpool Missing Three Key Players As Atletico Comeback Looks More Daunting

Liverpool have the daunting task of scoring against a resilient and organized Atletico Madrid when they come visiting at Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash on Wednesday.

While Liverpool will be hoping to pull off another magical European comeback at Anfield on Wednesday night, they would have to do it without a few key players.

The Reds were unable to break down Diego Simeone’s side at the Wanda Metropolitano with Saul Niguez giving the Spanish side a 1 – 0 advantage heading into the second leg.

It was a job well done for Simeone’s side as Liverpool failed to register a shot on target for only the second time in 251 games under Klopp in all competitions.

Ahead of the second leg, Klopp have a number of players carrying injuries. Club captain Jordan Henderson has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury he sustained during the first leg against Atletico but he returned to full training on Sunday.

That puts him in contention to at least be in the squad for the second leg, but that will depend on how his rehabilitation programme goes leading up to the game.

There was some concern for Andy Robertson also after he was left out of the squad that beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the weekend, but Klopp played down any injury worries stating it was just a precaution.

And Klopp is hopeful both players could be available for selection to face Atletico tomorrow night.

“What I hear, it should be possible [for them to be available for Atletico]. If we then do it, I don’t know,” he said.

“Robbo should not be a problem; he only missed today pretty much.”

The Liverpool boss will be without Alisson in goal, who has been ruled out for the next few weeks.

That could spell trouble for Liverpool with Adrian keeping just two clean sheets in the 14 games he has started this season.

Xherdan Shaqiri remains sidelined for Liverpool with his calf injury being shrouded in mystery and no timeframe on his expected return.

The 28-year-old played a key role as a squad player last year in the Premier League but he has been limited to just a handful of appearances this season.

He hasn’t featured in the league since a short cameo off the bench in the 1-0 win over Tottenham back in January.

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