Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp sends message to Atletico Madrid ahead of game at Anfield

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You think Jurgen Klopp is worried right now following Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night? 

 

Not a chance. 

 

In the first leg of the Round of 16 matchup, the Spaniards drew first blood, but that doesn't matter to the German manager. He knows the Liverpool fans will be ready to pack Anfield for the second leg, and will have the place absolutely rocking from start to finish. 

While speaking to the media after the loss, Klopp had his classic smile showcased and let the Madrid players know what's about to come once they travel to England for the upcoming battle.  

 

"Atletico fans who can a get ticket, welcome to Anfield," Klopp said on Tuesday evening. "Emotions are important. Tonight they were obviously completely on the side of Atletico, but I am really looking forward to the second leg.

 

"We speak from time to time about the power of Anfield and the power a stadium can have and tonight you saw that. It's half-time and we're 1-0 down. The second half will be played in our stadium and they will feel it."

 

Those are the words of a confident man. While Liverpool couldn't come away with an away win against Atletico Madrid, it was clear from the start the home side was all-in on defending Liverpool. Their game plan was focused on trying to contain Sadio Mane, and at times it looked like they got away with clear fouls. 

 

When the two sides meet again on March 11, parking the bus and only defending won't work. Klopp knows this, why is why he'll enter that match fired up knowing his team will be have a great chance to get the job done and advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.