Liverpool: Motivation high for Anfield showdown

02 November 2021 16:09:05 CET
Diego Simeone's Atletico are a tough outfit

Head coach Jurgen Klopp says he's expecting more of the same intensity from Atletico Madrid when his Liverpool side welcome Diego Simeone's men to Anfield.

The two sides are preparing to meet in the Champions League once again on Wednesday night, with Liverpool 3/5 to win, while a 2-2 draw can be backed at 14/1.

Madrid hosted a thriller

There were fireworks in the first encounter in the Spanish capital last month, as Liverpool managed to edge a 3-2 victory in a thrilling contest.

The Reds squandered a 2-0 goal lead as Antoine Griezmann bagged a brace which was followed by a red card and it was Mohamed Salah's late penalty that proved the difference, and Klopp is expecting Wednesday's meeting to be just as competitive.

It is clear Atletico will need three points and we want to win the game at home.

Jurgen Klopp

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"A similar intensity," Klopp told reporters. "Atletico never played a friendly game since Diego (Simeone) has been there and the situation in the group sets the level.

"It is clear Atletico will need three points and we want to win the game at home. It feels like a long time since we played a home game in the Champions League, which was against AC Milan five weeks ago."

Atleti hailed as one of the best

"For the moment we have to prepare a football game against one of the best sides in the world and one of the most determined sides in the world, one of the most motivated sides in the world. They obviously go for everything all the time."

Klopp has confirmed Naby Keita and James Milner will be out for the foreseeable future with hamstring injuries.

However, both Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are back in training and are in contention to face Atletico.

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