Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has stated that Liverpool are still in the Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid despite losing the first leg 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Liverpool struggled to break down a solid Atletico Madrid outfit, which meant Saul Niguez’s first-half strike was enough to give the Spanish giants a lead heading into the second leg at Anfield, which takes place on March 11.

Liverpool were not poor on the night, but they were far from their best. With that being the case, Klopp has warned Diego Simeone’s team that the tie is far from over.

“Our people will be ready, welcome to Anfield, it’s not over yet,” Klopp said, as quoted by The Evening Herald.

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MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 18: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool acknowledges the fans after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool FC at Wanda Metropolitano on February 18, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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The result is hardly the end of the world for Liverpool. They will definitely fancy their chances heading back to Anfield, as it has proven to be an atmosphere that many European teams have struggled to deal with.

However, there is no denying that Liverpool will have to play much better come the second leg. Klopp’s side will no doubt have a much better idea about the defensive nature of Atletico Madrid having played against them now.

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