Liverpool face Atletico Madrid tomorrow; today’s news has all the buildup plus the latest transfer links regarding the Reds.
Trippier heartache and Atleti fitness news
That was the right-back’s last involvement for Spurs as he left for Spain in the summer, and he’s clearly not yet over the occasion.
Trippier isn’t going mad with the revenge mission though, and says Anfield is one of the best places to play and that the fans can be “amazing”.
Let’s hope he’s right for Wednesday and he’s left cursing us once more.
Meanwhile, Atletico have Diego Costa, Thomas Lemar and Trippier himself back after injury, as well as Renan Lodi, while Thomas Partey is available after domestic suspension.
Reds still keen on Doku
Liverpool are one of several teams still hoping to land Anderlecht starlet Jeremy Doku.
The move may not be a quick one, though, with his contract running until 2022 and the Reds potentially looking at a deal next summer.
Elsewhere, Timo Werner has again been discussing his summer options and it might just be the start of a long and arduous summer saga for Liverpool fans, with the club having been strongly linked with the German forward over the past year or so.
All ready for Atleti
- Jurgen reckons we’ll have to put up with more Atleti theatrics in the second leg
- It’s only half time though and Klopp is confident in our powers of recovery at Anfield
- And you can catch the boss’ pre-match press conference in full here as usual
Reds ready for the all-or-nothing clash
Fitness ups and downs for Liverpool, ahead of the second leg.
Alisson won’t be back and he’s a doubt for Everton next Monday, too, but captain Jordan Henderson is back in training and available for selection – though Klopp is keeping his eventual choice close to his chest.
Meanwhile, Andy Robertson wants a good tempo from the Reds right from the first whistle.
He knows that Anfield can play a part, but says the players can’t rely on the crowd to make the difference by themselves.
Here’s hoping everyone is sharp, on form and clinical when the chances come.
Quickfire LFC news
- Martin Atkinson has been confirmed as the derby day referee (Echo)
- Erling Haaland has explained in Troy Deeney-like fashion why he hates playing against Big Virgil (Mail)
- Luis Garcia played for both teams, but says Liverpool will beat Atletico (Goal)
- And Trent, Hendo and Mane are favourites for end-of-season awards among one bunch of journos (Mail)
Around the Prem
- Dwight McNeill doesn’t get enough attention as he doesn’t play for a fashionable club, says Sean Dyche. Stand by for part 2, when Dyche complains about big clubs poaching Burnley talent (Lancs Live)
- Federico Fernandez has extended his contract with Newcastle, suggesting they are perfectly happy with conceding about 50 goals a season (BBC Sport)
- Floyd Mayweather says he’s interested in taking over at Newcastle, but doesn’t say if he’d start by knocking out whoever decided to give Fernandez a new deal (Chronicle)
- And the latest coronavirus impact sees Champions League, Italian, Spanish and German games behind closed doors now. A postponement to seasons endings seem a real possibility right now (Various)
Stupid football club of the day
Charlton are a mess. A director has resigned, but says he’s still in charge, top figures are fighting with each other and the EFL say they haven’t provided requested documentation.
Another group of fans being completely screwed over while businessmen fight among themselves for scraps and power.
Tweet of the day
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 10, 2020
What we’re reading
Why Atletico and Simeone are the last bastion of the old-world approach to defensive football, by the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney.
And, by the time you read this, there will be several outlets covering the possibility of Euro 2020 being postponed for a year. Pick your favourite one and go read up.
Worth watching tonight
Champions League, Spurs being embarrassed by RB Leipzig. BT Sport at 8pm.