Jurgen Klopp has discussed the ‘advantage’ of the Anfield crowd as Liverpool prepare host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
The European champions welcome Diego Simeone’s side to Merseyside tomorrow night looking to overturn a one-goal deficit, Saul Niguez scoring the only goal of the game during their first encounter in the Spanish capital last month.
Klopp is anticipating a difficult evening against a ‘dangerous’ Atletico side who have reached two finals in the past six seasons, but hopes an intimidating Anfield atmosphere will once again prove to be Liverpool‘s benefit as they seek another memorable European comeback to book their place in the quarter-finals.
“Not a lot of them [Atletico players] have played at Anfield before and that is what we want to use,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
“Our crowd will be our advantage and we have to use it with the performance on the pitch. It has to be exceptional because they defend deep and have counter-attack threat. Each player can be dangerous and they are an experienced team.
“They know how to deal with it all. I have the highest respect for them but there are always ways and we have to find them tomorrow night. We have to show we have really learned from the first half [game].”
Liverpool could be handed a fitness boost by the return of captain Jordan Henderson from a hamstring injury, the midfielder having missed the club’s past four fixtures after sustaining the problem during the first leg against Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Andy Robertson is also expected to return to the side, the Scotland international sitting out the weekend win over Bournemouth as a precaution.