Former Red Michael Owen believes that Liverpool’s first leg loss to Atletico Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League is still a decent result for the Anfield club.
The Reds were defeated 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium last night due to the first-half goal scored by Saul Niguez.
Liverpool were not poor on the night, but they were far from their best. Jurgen Klopp’s team really struggled to break down Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
However, Owen believes that some of the decisions that were made in the first leg could help Liverpool come the second leg at Anfield on March 11.
Owen said, as quoted by the Daily Star: “You can lose your head (when you go behind), you can think ‘we’ve got to get back into this game straight away’.
“These two-legged affairs you’ve got to be patient and they were patient. I don’t think they will be overly disappointed with the result.
“Just look at Klopp’s substitutions – he took off their two top scorers. He’s thinking 1-0 is enough.
“Sadio Mane wasn’t injured I’m told, but he was on a yellow. He left a little bit of an elbow in at one point and Robertson was right about the Atletico players swarmed around the referee.
“Klopp is probably thinking I don’t want a red card and find ourselves out of this tie. I think it was the right thing to do.”
Owen does raise a fair point. The result is hardly the end for Klopp and his team. Liverpool will play with absolutely no fear come the second leg as they are chasing the game.
Liverpool 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.
Atletico Madrid have proven they can handle the pressure, but it is unlikely that they have played in a stadium like Anfield.
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne. Currently an editor at Anfield Watch.