'I'm a very positive person, but...': Klopp makes honest claim about Atletico Madrid
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp faced the media ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid tonight.
The Reds are looking to get their revenge on Diego Simeone’s men. Atleti beat Liverpool twice to knock them out of the Champions League a couple of seasons ago, and that is still fresh in every fan’s mind.
Liverpool are undoubtedly much better now and are arguably the best team in England at the moment. Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, are currently fourth in La Liga with a game in hand.
It will certainly be a heavyweight clash in Madrid tonight and many fans will fancy Liverpool to get their revenge. However, Klopp has claimed that Atleti are still a ‘result machine’ who may be a ‘different animal’ compared to two seasons ago, but they’re by no means a ‘weaker one’.
Klopp: Atletico Madrid are a result machine
The Reds boss said, as per Sky Sports: “Diego Simeone is doing absolutely everything right. He is the current Spanish champion. Very successful at [Atletico]. He has a bunch of world-class players, keeps them on their toes, they fight with all they have for their lives.
“That says a lot about the quality of Diego so I couldn’t respect more what they do.
“They are still the result machine they were before. I am a very positive person, but I am not that positive or naive that I think we have these games already in our pocket. They have changed players and system so we face a different animal, but not a weaker one.”
Liverpool, on their day, are capable of humiliating any team in the world. Klopp has shown us what his side are all about over the last few years, but if there’s one manager who has the upper hand against him, it’s Simeone.
The Argentinian has faced Klopp twice and has beaten him twice. He would love to complete his hat-trick tonight, but Liverpool are on an excellent run and Mo Salah is in the form of his life at the moment.
That should realistically give Liverpool an edge, but if there’s one defence capable of keeping a clean sheet against the Reds, it’s Simeone’s Atleti.
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