Liverpool resume their defence of the Champions League with a trip to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium where they lifted the European Cup for the sixth time last June.

Having clinched the trophy with a 2-0 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the Reds now face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of this season's competition as they look to return to the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, the scene of their famous 2005 comeback success, for the final.

Although Diego Simeone's side reached the final themselves in both 2014 and 2016 – agonisingly losing on both occasions to local rivals Real Madrid – the Spanish press don't fancy their chances for the forthcoming tie against the holders.

Unbeaten Liverpool currently enjoy a record 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League having won 24 of their 25 games to date and need just 18 points from the remaining 39 on offer to secure their first League Championship in 30 years.

Previewing the upcoming clash in the first knockout round, Marca have devoted a double page spread on the Atletico v Liverpool game which Sport Witness describe as being “all weighted in favour” of the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s team are described as “The Machine of Europe”, that the manager has perfected and “finished greasing.”

They say that in the Premier League, Liverpool “pursue all the records” and are so much better than the rest that they’re “without opposition.”

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The “rock of Klopp” and the “fort of Anfield” are said to be a combination that has worked perfectly, helped of course by a few star players and from an Atletico perspective, Liverpool are named “the worst rival at the worst moment.”

The first leg between Atletico and Liverpool takes place in Madrid on Tuesday February 18 with the return match at Anfield on Wednesday March 11.