Liverpool can ease fixture pile-up with Atletico Madrid win in Champions League

Liverpool can ease their perilous fixture congestion if they beat Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening in the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp's side face a horror run in December of nine games in the space of 27 days due to commitments in the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Europe.

But the Reds' fixture pile-up can be eased with a win over their Spanish counterparts in midweek.

Liverpool can qualify for the Champions League Round of 16 stage by picking up three points at Anfield.

If qualification to the last 16 is confirmed, Klopp would have the option to play second-string sides against Porto and AC Milan, potentially giving valuable recovery time to the likes of star men Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The Egyptian, in particular, has had a roaring start to the season featuring in every Premier League and Champions League game for Liverpool so far this season.

Racking up an incredible return of 15 goals in just 13 starts, Salah was named PFA Fans' Player of the Month for his performances in September and has only missed two games this season – both in the EFL Cup.

A brace in his last two European outings has cemented Liverpool's place at the top of Group B having gained maximum points from their opening three fixtures.

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The Reds need just one more to guarantee at least a second-place finish and passage through to the knockout stages in February.

They will still be eager to top the group and earn an easier clash in the knockouts.

But with a gruelling set of December fixtures, squad rotation will play a huge part for Liverpool if they want to go the distance in both domestic football and Europe.

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