Former Red Michael Owen believes that Liverpool will not win tonight against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
The Reds, who are looking to defend the Champions League title this season, face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the competition, with the first leg tonight. The second leg takes place on March 3 at Anfield.
Liverpool have been in fine form this season. They currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have only dropped points in one Premier League fixture this season, which was the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, despite Liverpool’s superb form in the Premier League, Owen believes Liverpool will draw the first leg against Atletico Madrid tonight.
Owen told Betvictor, as quoted by the Mirror: “Atletico Madrid v Liverpool 1-1
“Liverpool have an almost fully fit squad available for their return to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium where they famously lifted their sixth European Cup/Champions League back in June.
“Atleti have their fair share of injuries to contend with, but Diego Simeone’s side are a handful for anyone on home soil and they are unbeaten in their last 13 home Champions League knockout ties.
“The Reds were not at their best at Carrow Road on Saturday but, once again, they found a way to pick up maximum points.
“A draw wouldn’t be the worst result to take back to Anfield for the second leg and I think it will be honours even in the Spanish capital.”
There is no denying that the Spanish giants are going to be difficult to play against. They are a team that has always defended well, which means Liverpool will have to work hard to score.
However, this Liverpool side have not given anyone a reason to doubt them. A draw would not be the worst result for Liverpool, but they will be confident they can win.
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne. Currently an editor at Anfield Watch.