Harry Kewell joined Geoff Shreeves on Sky Sports’ ‘The Debate’ and discussed Liverpool’s upcoming second leg fixture against Atletico Madrid at Anfield and highlighted exactly what the Reds have to do to win.
Having already seen what Atletico are capable of, with Jurgen Klopp himself venting his frustration at the manner of their approach in the Spanish capital, Kewell believes Liverpool will have to break them down in order to advance.
Indeed, he said on The Debate (27/2/2020): “Atletico do go there and you know the exact way they’re going to play but you’ve got to break them down. Yeah, they have all the tricks in the book. And again, I think if the referee sets the rule straight away of no one time-wasting, no silly fouls, I think Liverpool will get the result. But if you get a referee that’s playing the game, it could be difficult.”
Kewell is of course referencing all the supposed time-wasting that transpired at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the first leg of the clash as Atletico were adamant in running down the clock at all costs. Klopp spoke of how Atletico players were ‘on the ground, not injured‘ and that the crowd were not there to see ‘sensational’ football given how Los Rojiblancos set-up with just 27% of the possession at home.
While Liverpool certainly do have pedigree in turning ties around at Anfield, it’s hard to imagine Atleti changing their approach having largely performed in that manner while under the stewardship of Simeone since 2011, as explained by Tifo Football.
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