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EXCLUSIVE Virgin Media Sport's Tommy Martin gives his verdict on this week's Champions League action


Tommy Martin hosts Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin hosts Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin hosts Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Virgin Media Sport host Tommy Martin has given his exclusive verdict on this week's Champions League fixtures to sundayworld.com, with Liverpool the star attraction on Wednesday night.

Liverpool v Atalanta – Group D – 8pm – Virgin Media Two

We’re missing our old pal Graeme Souness this season as travel restrictions mean he can’t join us for our Champions League coverage.

But if he was here he’d be purring about his old team. Although they only reached their spectacular attacking heights in the 5-0 away win over Atalanta, it would be their attitude and mentality that would have the former Anfield midfield general cracking a rare smile.

Graeme believes the key to Liverpool’s success is that they are all ‘workaholics’ and it is that sleeves-rolled-up approach that has seen them through their injury crisis so far.

Since losing Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool have won six and drawn one, sit top of their Champions League group and joint top of the Premier League. Some crisis!

Expect a response from Atalanta who are better than they showed three weeks ago but Liverpool should seal their spot in the knockout stages and have Graeme raising a glass of very expensive red somewhere in the south of England, while we are hard at work.

Olympiacos v Manchester City – Group C – 5.55pm – Virgin Media Sport

News that Pep Guardiola signed a new two-year contract last week had many expecting Manchester City to get back to their ravishing best.

But a Tottenham hit job inspired by his old nemesis Jose Mourinho at the weekend was a swift reminder of the problems that had many wondering whether Pep’s City project has run its course.

Their familiar possession-based style is more than enough to win this group and a victory in Greece will see them through. But will a lack of ruthlessness up front and a tendency to switch off at the back cost them the trophy they crave in the long run?

Whatever happens this season, at least Pep will have two more goes to get it right.

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