Concern for Liverpool as star forward limps out against Atletico

Liverpool in cruise control against Atletico

Liverpool are currently in cruise control at Anfield against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota, both from delicious passes from Trent Alexander-Arnold, ensured that Liverpool found themselves in a commanding position even before a bizzare red card for Atleti’s Felipe rendered the game effectively over as a contest.

The result (should it remain) means that the Reds are through as group winners, now 7 points ahead of second-placed Porto with six points left up for grabs. Jurgen Klopp’s side still have to travel to Milan, as well as hosting Porto, but the results are irrelevant to their progression from the group.

Double injury blow for Jurgen Klopp

The result and what it means for the Merseyside outfit were somewhat overshadowed by a pair of injury issues suffered by the Reds.

Going into the encounter, James Milner and Naby Keita were already out injured, while Curtis Jones and Joe Gomez didn’t make the matchday squad due to knocks. Worse still, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went down briefly before carrying on for five minutes until he was substituted, threatening to further stretch already threadbare midfield resources.

There was a further, more worrying blow for the Reds, samba forward Roberto Firmino went off injured, and headed straight down the tunnel, not even sitting with his teammates for the rest of the game.

This could leave Klopp short of players for what is set to be a very busy period after the international break, although he will hope most will have recovered during that time.

For the weekend, however, they could be down to the bare bones.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 10 23 25
2 Liverpool FC 10 21 22
3 Manchester City 10 14 20
4 West Ham United 10 9 20
5 Manchester United 10 4 17
6 Arsenal FC 10 -1 17
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 1 16
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 0 16
9 Tottenham Hotspur 10 -7 15
10 Everton FC 10 0 14
11 Leicester City 10 -2 14
12 Brentford FC 10 0 12
13 Crystal Palace 10 -1 12
14 Southampton FC 10 -3 11
15 Aston Villa 10 -5 10
16 Watford FC 10 -6 10
17 Leeds United 10 -7 10
18 Burnley FC 10 -6 7
19 Newcastle United 10 -12 4
20 Norwich City 10 -22 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Raphinha Leeds United 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3


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