Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp has never been a fan to Atletico Madrid’s pattern of play, despite amassing such quality of players.
Atletico Madrid plays mostly a massive defensive pattern of play which most times, confuses players and high class managers.
Despite this pattern of play, Liverpool are yet to comfortably recline on their mistakes to win them.
Recall that Atletico Madrid knocked Liverpool out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage in the 2019-20 season.
Speaking after his side’s 3-2 defeat, seeing them crash out 4-2 on aggregate, Klopp said that he “does not understand with the quality they have why they play this type of football”.
“I was angry and disappointed about a lot of things when I said what I said after the last game,” Klopp said at Monday’s pre-match news conference.
“We played against a team full of world-class players and they defended with all they have. That’s probably the reason I said those things.
“I couldn’t respect more what they do. Do I like it? Not a lot, but that’s me. I like a different style of football. But it just has to be successful and Atletico have been that, for sure.
“Simeone is the current Spanish champion. He’s been there for a long time and has been very successful.
“They play a different system now but they are still the results machine they were before. How Simeone keeps them on their toes with the fight they show I don’t know.
“They did well with their signings and have a proper team that looks like possible champions again this year in LaLiga. That’s incredible.
“So yeah, what I said before was definitely influenced by my mood on that specific day.”
In their premier league games, Liverpool are presently maintaining the 2nd position one point behind Chelsea. They successfully thrashed Watford to a humiliating 5:0 in last weekend’s game.
The Reds have scored at least three times in all eight away matches this season, a run that includes a 5-1 win at Porto in their most recent European outing.
“We don’t think about the amount of goals we’ve scored,” Klopp said. “We never make the difference between home and away games, though we do enjoy home games more.
“Scoring three goals again, with Atletico next, doesn’t sound too likely,” he added.
Going further, he stated that: “We know if we win both games against them it’s very likely we will go through the group.
“The last time we played there we scored early and had lots of possession, but did not create enough chances. We learned a lot between those two most recent games.
“Hopefully we can use the things we’ve learned, even if they have changed a lot since then.” he concluded.