Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League knockout rounds has been strengthened by the addition of Japanese playmaker, Takumi Minamino.
Having already notched a goal and assist at Anfield for RB Salzburg during the group stages, the 25-year-old sealed a £7.25m switch to Liverpool in January and will be allowed to feature for the Reds following the abolishment of the “cup-tied” rule by Uefa.
Champions League 2019/20: Five things to know about Liverpool…
- Domestic league position: 1st, Premier League
- Champions League finish in 2018/19: Winners (sixth European Cup overall)
- 2019/20 Group finish: 1st (13 points), Group E
- Top scorer: Mohamed Salah (4)
- Most assists: Roberto Firmino (3)
Even without the addition of Minamino, Jurgen Klopp would have more than fancied his chances given his side currently sit a massive 22 points clear of Manchester City atop the Premier League table, having won 24 of their 25 games so far.
Liverpool are breaking all sorts of records domestically and on the European front, their only defeat came in their Group E opener against Napoli way back in September. In fact, that remains their first-team’s only defeat in any competition this season given that their 5-0 League Cup loss to Aston Villa was played out by their U23s.
Under normal circumstances, a last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid would be seen as a nightmare draw. The Spanish side are notoriously hard to break down and can cause trouble for any of Europe’s elite on their day.
However, Diego Simeone’s men are currently languishing way back in sixth in La Liga and are without a win in five; the Argentine is under pressure having failed to replace the attacking edge offered by Antoine Griezmann.
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Liverpool’s 2019/20 Champions League squad:
Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Adrian, Andy Lonergan, Caoimhin Kelleher*
Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Adam Lewis*, Trent Alexander-Arnold*, Neco Williams*, Yasser Larouci*
Midfielders: Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri, Curtis Jones*, Herbie Kane*, Harvey Elliott
Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi
*Denotes those on Player List B – teams can register an unlimited number of players on their ‘List B’, providing they have been “eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday.”
Liverpool’s 2019/20 Champions League results so far:
- 17/09/19: Napoli 2-0 Liverpool
- 02/10/19: Liverpool 4-3 RB Salzburg
- 23/10/19: Genk 1-4 Liverpool
- 05/11/19: Liverpool 2-1 Genk
- 27/11/19: Liverpool 1-1 Napoli
- 10/12/19: RB Salzburg 0-2 Liverpool