Liverpool are top of Group B thanks to their thrilling victory at Atlético de Madrid. The hosts will be looking to repeat the performance they had when they last visited Anfield in the Round of 16.
• The England side returned to the Estadio Metropolitano, venue for the 2019 UEFA Champions League final which they won, on Matchday 3 of the group stage and quickly took a two-goal lead. Mohamed Salah (8th) and Naby Keïta (13th) quickly gave Liverpool the lead, but Atlético equalized before the break thanks to a double from Antoine Griezmann (20th, 34th). The Frenchman was sent off early in the second half and Liverpool capitalized on their power play through Salah with 12 minutes remaining.
• The English club top Group B after winning all three games, beating AC Milan 3-2 at home and Porto 5-1 away. Atlético are tied with Porto in second place in the group on four points after beating Milan (1-2) on Matchday 2 after a home draw against the Portuguese (0-0).
• This is the second time that Liverpool have won their first three UEFA Champions League group stage matches (the first being last season). He never managed to beat the top four.
• Atlético are one win out of 50 in the UEFA Champions League group stage to final.
• Atlético ended Liverpool’s reign as UEFA Champions League winners in the 2019/20 round of 16. A Saúl Ñíguez goal in minute 4 was Madrid’s only first leg goal. Georginio Wijnaldum’s 43rd-minute goal of the second leg at Anfield extended the tie, where Roberto Firmino (94′) gave Liverpool the lead on the scoreboard, but Marcos Llorente’s ‘double’ (97′) ‘, 105’+1) gave control to Atlético. Álvaro Morata put the icing on the cake in stoppage time.
• It was the first meeting between the sides since the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League semi-finals, a draw Atlético won on away goals after a 2-2 draw on aggregate. Diego Forlán scored the only goal of the opener in Spain and Alberto Aquilani equalized a minute before the break at Liverpool. With no more goals, the game went into extra time. Yossi Benayoun put Liverpool ahead in the 95th minute, but Forlán scored the decisive goal seven minutes later.
• Atlético went on to beat another English side, Fulham, in the final in Hamburg thanks to two goals from Forlán.
• The teams first met in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage, with both matches ending 1-1. Simão scored in the 83rd minute at Vicente Calderón, after Robbie Keane put Liverpool ahead in the 14th minute. At Anfield, a penalty converted by Steven Gerrard five minutes into added time gave the hosts a point as Maxi Rodríguez had given Atlético the lead. the 37th minute.
• Liverpool finished top of Group D with 14 points and Atlético second with 12.
• Liverpool are in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 14th time. Only three times have they failed to qualify for at least the knockout stages.
• This is Liverpool’s fifth successive campaign in the group stage, again under Jürgen Klopp. Runners-up to Real Madrid in the 2017/18 final, they won their sixth European Cup at the expense of Tottenham with a 2-0 win in the 2018/19 final. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi earned him the trophy at Atlético’s home, the Metropolitan Stadium.
• Liverpool’s last two UEFA Champions League campaigns have ended in defeats against Madrid clubs. Defeated by Atlético in the 2019/20 round of 16, they lost to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last season (3-1 away, 0-0 at home).
• Last season, Klopp’s side finished first in Group D with 13 points, ahead of Atalanta, Ajax and Midtjylland, before beating Leipzig 2-0 in the two knockout stages, both played in Budapest.
• Champions of England for the 19th time in 2019/20, their first league title since 1990, Liverpool finished third in the 2020/21 Premier League.
• Liverpool have lost two of their last seven UEFA Champions League games at Anfield (four wins and one draw).
• Liverpool have won just three of their last 15 meetings with Spanish clubs (three draws and nine defeats), a run that also includes 3-1 defeats under Klopp in the 2016 UEFA Europa League final against Sevilla and in 2018 UEFA Champions League final. against Real Madrid.
• The English side have won just six of their 20 meetings with their Spanish rivals at Anfield (eight draws and six defeats), although they have emerged victorious in four of the last eight (two draws and two defeats).
• League champions for the 11th time in 2020/21, Atlético de Madrid finished two points ahead of Real Madrid in the final league standings, giving them their second league championship under Diego Simeone, who also led the team to the title in 2013/14.
• This is Atlético de Madrid’s 12th appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage, level with Valencia. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid (both with 26 appearances) have featured more times among Spanish teams.
• In all but two of Atlético de Madrid’s last eleven group stage appearances, the team have reached the round of 16. This is their ninth consecutive group stage campaign.
• Last season Simeone’s side finished second in their group, behind then holders Bayern, with nine points. They’re the only team Bayern haven’t won against in Group A with a 1-1 defeat at Madrid on matchday five that ended the German club’s 15-game winning streak in the UEFA Champions League .
• Atlético de Madrid lost 1-0 to Chelsea last year in the first leg of the round of 16, a match played in Bucharest, before losing 2-0 in London.
• The Madrid club have reached at least the quarter-finals in five of their last eight UEFA Champions League campaigns, all under Simeone.
• The Matchday 2 win was just Atlético’s sixth victory in 17 European matches (four draws and seven defeats).
• Four of Atlético’s last eight European trips have ended in defeat (three wins and one draw).
• The Rojiblancos have reached two UEFA Champions League finals and three UEFA Europa League finals in the past 12 seasons.
• Liverpool’s 2019/20 home win was one of Atlético’s three away games in 15 appearances against English clubs, losing five in that stretch. The Madrid side were unbeaten in five visits to England (two wins and three draws) until their fall last year at Chelsea.
• Luis Suárez made 110 Premier League appearances for Liverpool between 2011 and 2014, scoring 69 goals. He also scored against the ‘reds’ in Barcelona’s 3-0 win in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League semi-final.
• Having played in England:
Kieran Trippier (Manchester City 1999-2011, Barnsley 2010-11 on loan, Burnley 2011-15, Tottenham 2015-19)
Stefan Savic (Manchester City 2011–12)
• Trippier played 90 minutes in Spurs’ 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the 2019 UEFA Champions League final at the Estadio Metropolitano.
• Have played in Spain:
Fabinho (Real Madrid 2012/13)
Adrián (Betis 1998–2013, Alcalá 2008 on loan, Utrera 2009 on loan)
Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona 2005-13)
• Diogo Jota joined Atlético from Paços de Ferreira in 2016 but never played for the first team until joining Wolves in 2019 after being loaned to Porto and the English club.
• Having played together:
James Milner and Stefan Savic (Manchester City 2011-12)
Fabinho and Thomas Lemar (Monaco 2015-18)
Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Kieran Trippier (England)
Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho with Renan Lodi (Brazil)
Divock Origi with Yannick Carrasco (Belgium)
Thiago Alcántara with Koke and Marcos Llorente (Spain)
Diogo Jota with João Félix (Portugal)