Liverpool FC, a familiar European opponent

We faced Jürgen Klopp’s side in the 2019/20 Champions League last 16 and won after an epic return leg at Anfield. The English club also won the Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2019.

Atleti are to face Liverpool FC in the Champions League group stage. Want to know more about the English club? You’ve come to the right place.

Jürgen Klopp’s side qualified for the competition thanks to a third-place finish in the Premier League and are one of Europe’s strongest sides.

Liverpool FC have won the Champions League six times (beating Tottenham 2-0 in 2019 at our stadium), 19 league titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, three UEFA Cups and four UEFA Super Cups.

They play at one of world football’s most legendary stadiums: Anfield. Inaugurated in 1884, it became the Reds' home in 1892, having previously hosted Everton’s games. The stadium has a capacity for 54,074 spectators. It will be the fifth time we play at Anfield. The first match took place in the 2008/09 Champions League group stage and we earned a 1-1 draw. We then won 2-1 in a pre-season friendly in summer 2009 and lost the return leg of the 2009/10 Europa League semi-finals. Despite that last 2-1 defeat, Diego Forlán’s extra-time goal sent us to the final, which we went on to win in Hamburg against Fulham FC. The last time we played there, we produced an epic game for the ages. After a 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano, we won 3-2 in extra-time at Anfield thanks to a legendary Llorente brace and a late goal from Morata.

Eight footballers have played for both Atleti and Liverpool in the last few years: Luis García, Maxi Rodríguez, Javier Manquillo, Sinama-Pongolle, Emiliano Insúa, Diogo Jota, Luis Suárez and Fernando Torres. The latter became a fan favourite at both clubs and is currently the Reds’ sixth top scorer in the Premier League era with 65 strikes.

Liverpool’s current squad is: 

Liverpool 2021/22

1 Alisson Becker Goalkeeper
13 Adrián San Miguel Goalkeeper
22 Loris Karius Goalkeeper
62 Caoimhin Kelleher Goalkeeper
4 Virgil van Dijk Defender
5 Ibrahima Konate Defender
12 Joe Gomez Defender
21 Kostas Tsimikas Defender
26 Andy Robertson Defender
32 Joel Matip Defender
46 Rhys Williams Defender
47 Nathaniel Phillips Defender
66 Trent Alexander-Arnold Defensa
76 Neco Williams Defender
3 Fabinho Tavares Midfielder
6 Thiago Alcántara Midfielder
7 James Milner Midfielder
8 Naby Keita Midfielder
14 Jordan Henderson Midfielder
15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Midfielder
17 Curtis Jones Midfielder
9 Roberto Firmino Striker
10 Sadio Mane Striker
11 Mohamed Salah Striker
18 Takumi Minamino Striker
20 Diogo Jota Striker
27 Divock Origi Striker
54 Sheyi Ojo Striker
67 Harvey Elliott Striker