PREVIEW: Liverpool need to be “exceptional” against Atlético, says Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side will need to be “exceptional” as they look to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their Champions League tie at home to Atlético Madrid.

The Reds will be boosted by the return of captain Jordan Henderson, but goalkeeper Alisson will miss the last-16 second leg match with a hip injury.

On the crucial game, Klopp said: “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.

“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 game.”

Liverpool are now only two wins from winning the Premier League title for the first time, or two Manchester City defeats away. City will face Arsenal at the same time as The Reds’ Champions League match.

Andy Robertson, who is also fit after missing Liverpool’s match at the weekend, has stated that City’s game will not be a distraction for the team.

“Our full focus is on our game. We can’t affect anything that’s going on over in Manchester tomorrow night.

“If we win here, that’s all that matters. Of course, if we get one step closer if they do drop points then so be it. But one eye won’t be on that game, it’s a different competition – it’s the Champions League and we know it’s do or die.”

Liverpool have never lost against Atletico at Anfield in their two previous European meetings, winning 2-1 in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final in 09/10, a score that will not be good enough for The Reds to progress tonight.

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