Klopp looking forward to 'interesting' Atletico Madrid draw
Liverpool were drawn against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League today, in what should be an tactical battle of wits against one of the best tactical teams in Europe.
The Reds will play the first leg at the Estadio Metropolitano, the scene of last season's final victory, on 18th February 2020, before the return leg three weeks later at Anfield.
And when Klopp first heard the news this morning, his response was typically natural. He said (via Liverpoolfc.com): "It’s an interesting draw. Before the draw I actually thought it would be Madrid – either one of the two clubs – and that’s the way it is.
"Madrid is the place where we only have fantastic memories, all of us, so that’s great, but this time we play Atletico there and it’s their home ground.
"It’s a tough one, but if you go through all of the draws, there are pretty much four or five potential finals already in the last 16.
"So, really, really good; a good draw, a difficult game like it should be, but how we most of the time think and say, I don’t think Mr Simeone is running through his living room and is happy that he got Liverpool.
"It will be a tough game. Two teams who are used to playing intense football, different styles and slightly different organisation of course, but both are ready for intensity and that makes it pretty tough for both."