Although Jurgen Klopp has criticized Atletico Madrid’s defensive tactics, he has also admired Diego Simeone for being a “results machine”.
out of theChampions League
at the last-16 stage in the 2019-20 season, Liverpool boss
questioned the Spanish side’s defensive tactics, according toFotMob
Speaking after his side's 3-2 defeat, seeing them crash out 4-2 on aggregate, Klopp said he
"does not understand with the quality they have why they play this type of football”.
They are going to face each other at Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday and again at Anfield two weeks later in a couple of matches in Group B.
Liverpool have been able to collect six points from six so far, leaving them two points above second-place Atletico.
Klopp has admired opposite number
ahead of Liverpool's trip to the Spanish capital, the Argentinian having won eight trophies during his decade at Atletico and also reaching two Champions League finals.
"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."
Liverpool won 5-0 against Watford at the weekend to remain second in the Premier League with only one point behind leaders Chelsea.
They have been able to score at least three times in all of their eight away games this season. Also, in all competitions, the Reds have scored 33 goals this season and only Bayern Munich (52) have more among teams from Europe’s top five leagues.
"We don't think about the amount of goals we've scored,"
"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.
"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."
Liverpool have not been able to win any of their four Champions League games against Atletico Madrid as they have drawn two and lost the other two games.
"We don't need any extra motivation,"
"We are playing in the Champions League, the most prestigious cup in Europe. We want to go out there and show our qualities.
"It's a game we're looking forward to and we know we can get a good result there. It's always a good feeling to play at a full stadium."
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