Klopp on the title race: ‘We try to be as consistent as somehow possible’
Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp talks about the upcoming match against Brighton and Liverpool’s amazing start in the Premier League.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid: Line-ups
Liverpool’s Attack to Prevail
Jurgen Klopp’s side are sitting pretty at the top of Group B in the Champions League and can guarantee progress into the knockout rounds with all three points on Wednesday.
Liverpool may have thrown away two points against Brighton in a frustrating manner, but that result at least marked their 24th consecutive game without defeat in all competitions, and Klopp has now witnessed his side score at least two goals in their last 12 games across all tournaments.
The La Liga champions struggled to get over the line throughout much of October but do at least travel to Anfield on the back of a dominant 3-0 La Liga win over Real Betis, with Yannick Carrasco, Joao Felix and German Pezzella’s own goal seeing Atletico to a comfortable success.
Victory over Betis marked the sixth game in a row across all tournaments that Atletico managed to chalk up at least two goals – although their attacking prowess will take a hit with Griezmann now absent for this clash – but the visitors can look back on their previous Anfield encounter with unbridled fondness.
Mere days before the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the footballing landscape, Atletico knocked then-holders Liverpool out of the tournament with a thrilling 3-2 success on Merseyside as Alvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente stole the show on the night.
Neither Simeone nor Klopp will be thrilled at the way that their sides have defended this season, and it is difficult to envisage a low-scoring affair in a crucial qualification battle. Griezmann’s absence will hurt the visitors immensely on the attacking front – especially given that he chalked up both of his side’s goals in the first meeting with Liverpool – and we are backing the Reds’ wealth of quality attacking options to see them to victory and a spot in the last 16.