Reds midfielder Gini Wijnaldum believes that Liverpool and Atletico Madrid possess similar characteristics in regards to style of play.
Wijnaldum, who signed for Liverpool from Newcastle United for a transfer fee of around £25 million, has been a crucial ingredient in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team.
Klopp’s Liverpool have become a team of fighters, which has seen the club win the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup within the past seven months.
The Reds will more than likely add the Premier League title to the aforementioned list, as they currently possess a 25-point lead at the top of the table.
Wijnaldum believes that Liverpool have been successful in recent times as a result of their ability to fight until the end, which he believes is also a great strength of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
The Reds face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League this month, with the first leg on February 18 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The second leg takes place on March 3 at Anfield.
“They are a lot like us, fighters. They are a team more or less like us, also really difficult to beat,” Wijnaldum told UEFA, as quoted by LiverpoolFC.com.
“I think you can see that in their playing style in the competition. They are always battling to get results and they can easily switch at times when it is necessary, they know what they have to do to win the match. So yes, these are going to be really difficult matches.”
There is no denying that the Spanish giants will possess a huge threat to Liverpool’s Champions League hopes this season.
Atletico Madrid are a very well organised side, meaning Klopp’s Liverpool will have to be on in both legs. However, the Reds are the reigning European champions for a reason.