If we needed any form of optimism going into our Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid, Saturday provided a glimpse of what we could expect.
Jurgen Klopp and his men have it all to do in the game at Anfield, although the crowd will be right behind them. From the bus greeting, until the final whistle. Thankfully, Atleti’s latest result in La Liga will serve as good news for the Kop faithful.
Diego Simeone’s side hosted Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano but struggled to get to grips with the game, missing the chance to overtake Getafe and jump into the top four places after a 2-2 draw.
Will Liverpool beat Atletico Madrid?
They managed just three shots on target out of 21 attempted during the 90 minutes, that’s the most worrying part for Wednesday’s visitors, as per BBC Sport. Joao Felix, Diego Costa and Felipe both had two shots off target, while Angel Correa and Saul Niguez both had two shots blocked, according to Sofascore.
Their life will be made much easier if they got a goal in the crunch clash, and cause an unwanted headache as far as we are concerned. What reassures me is that they were so wasteful with the chances they had and I question whether they will be able to handle Anfield on a European night.
Not only that, but we’ve also learned that they can concede goals too. Koke was dribbled past four times during the game (as per Sofascore), which means that the Reds could have the upper hand in the midfield battle if everyone is firing. Jordan Henderson has been a big miss and could return for the game.
Liverpool head into this game baying for blood. If Klopp gets his tactics right, it should be a long night for Simeone and his boys.