Klopp on Atletico: ‘We face a different, but not a weaker animal’
Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp talks about the upcoming Champions League match vs Atletico Madrid.
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Simeone’s side certainly made hard work of their San Siro win and could only muster a point from their encounter with Porto on matchday one, but a 2-0 La Liga win over Barcelona just before the international break served to increase the confidence in the Atletico ranks.
With their scheduled La Liga battle with Granada postponed due to late arrivals back from international duty, Atletico will have had ample time to prepare for the visit of Liverpool as they seek to extend their unbeaten home run across all competitions to 13 matches.
Simeone’s staunch rearguard have kept three clean sheets in their last three games at the Wanda Metropolitano, but they have drawn their last three Champions League group-stage battles in the Spanish capital, and Liverpool travel to Madrid out for a slice of revenge.
Now unbeaten in 20 games across all competitions, Liverpool continue to dazzle and delight on the goalscoring front with 27 from their last eight matches, while they have kept up their hot streak of scoring at least three goals in every one of their away games so far this term.
Such attacking prowess will be tested to the extreme against Atletico’s staunch – yet depleted – rearguard, and Liverpool have failed to beat Atletico in four previous meetings, losing both legs of their last-16 clash in the 2019-20 season.
Very rarely will Atletico fans witness their side ship multiple goals on home soil, but the fired-up Reds trio can exploit their hosts’ defensive deficiencies as Simeone is forced to rejig his backline. The extended rest ought to help the La Liga champions break Liverpool’s resilience, but Klopp’s attackers are on top of their game at the moment and should help to propel the Reds to another European win.