Watch: Jurgen Klopp and Andy Robertson preview crunch Champions League clash vs Atletico

LFC Globe
10th March 2020
Jurgen Klopp & Andy Robertson

Jurgen Klopp, alongside , spoke to reporters at Melwood ahead of Liverpool's meeting against .

The Reds welcome Diego Simeone's side to on Wednesday night as they look to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first-leg of their Champions League meeting last month.

Liverpool will be hopeful of another special European night at , having returned to winning ways in the following three defeats in four games in all competitions.

While performance levels have arguably dipped in recent weeks, it's hard to envisage the defending European champions bowing out of the competition without drama, especially at Anfield.

“[Atletico are a] very experienced team, played in these competitions for a long time and they know how to deal with different situations, that's all clear,” Klopp told reporters.

“But I don't think a lot of them played in a stadium like Anfield before, in an atmosphere as we can create.

“That's something we want to use, and hopefully we can.”

Klopp insisted it's merely half-time in the leg, with the Reds utilising the three-week break to "learn" from the first game and "improve" their showing.

“No shots on target [in the first leg] makes it sound like we had no chances. We had good situations but we played against a team that is probably the world's best at deep defending,” he added.

“They scored a goal where they were slightly lucky, we were unlucky. That is how football is. The challenge against Atletico was always clear that it was one of the biggest in football.

“They don't go out with the white flag, they fight until the end and that's what we do, that's why it's so interesting.

“It's half-time. It's the best news. For us half-time in a normal game, we use in a pretty good way. We like that, we learn from it and the second half, very often, we improve.

“This time we didn't have 15 minutes we had three weeks as half-time, we didn't prepare for the whole time but a couple of days and a lot of things are much clearer than they were before.

“If you know it it is one [thing] and if you feel it it is completely different and a couple of advantages we didn't have there are now on our side.

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“They are not the only things decisive in the game but the atmosphere will be a point, 100 percent. Our crowd will be an advantage and that they don't have their crowd will be another advantage.”

Meanwhile, left-back Robertson, who joined Klopp on media duties, remained optimistic of the Reds' chances, calling upon the Reds to play "the Liverpool way."

“We think of all outcomes, we did that when we played against the teams over the last two years, even when we've gone into games in the lead,” Robertson said.

Andy Robertson

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“It's a knockout competition, and if you're not are your best on the night then you go out, whether you go into the game in the lead or you go in behind.

“It's no change, for us, we know tomorrow night we could be out of the Champions League if we're not at our best or things don't go well.

“But we think about the positives, we think about trying to give a 100 per cent performance, and if we play the Liverpool way, the way we know, then at least we can walk off knowing we've given our all.

“Whether that's good enough, we'll wait and see, but we believe that if we put in the performances then we can beat any team.

“It's up to us to show that, but we need to be at our best to break this team down and if we do that then I believe we can create chances and hopefully score some goals.”

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