Kieran Trippier left Tottenham Hotspur for Atlético Madrid last summer.

The right-back’s final match for Spurs came in their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano in June 2019.

Atlético face the Reds in this season’s knockout tie of the European competition and the first leg ended in a 1-0 win for the La Liga club.

Trippier missed the tie in February due to injury.

According to AS, the England international went under the knife with the ‘aim of arriving in the best condition’ for the return leg, and he’s achieved it by featuring against Villarreal, Espanyol and Sevilla.

Atlético’s clash against the Merseyside club is ‘special’ for the 29-year-old because of the defeat he suffered against Jürgen Klopp’s side in last season’s final.

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Trippier has an opportunity to take ‘small revenge’ over Liverpool by eliminating them from the competition. However, the fullback is aware it won’t be easy to overcome Liverpool at Anfield. 

“Anfield is one of the best stadiums to play in. The fans are amazing, I have talked with my teammates about the atmosphere there,” Trippier said.

“They will try to be as intimidating as possible, but we have to go with a mentality to qualify. It will be complicated, but we are ready for the challenge. Our fans are very important, we hope to get the result we want.”