On the outlook, this looks like a rather easy clash for the Reds as they are in top form while the Rojiblancos aren’t really enjoying their best run of form. However, here are three reasons why Atletico Madrid could knock the Reds out.
3. Premier League focus
Liverpool lost the Premier League last season by just a point. Despite losing just the one game in the league, they still fell short to an imperial Manchester City side – who were the only ones to beat them in the league last campaign.
As a result, the Reds are hell-bent on winning the domestic competition that has eluded them for three decades now. At this point, they are all but set to win it and it is likely that they would prioritise the league over Europe.
2. Atleti are a tough team to beat
Despite the fact that the Rojiblancos have not been at their best so far this season, they are still a good side. Indeed, teams have found it hard to beat them as they have only lost twice in the league.
While they might have also found it hard to win, there is still a long time before the Champions League resumes and by then, one could expect Atleti to be at their best, which won’t be a good sign for the Reds.
1. Simeone has a lot to prove
Over the course of his career at Atletico Madrid, he has turned the team from an average midtable side to real contenders. The Argentine was also able to lift the league title in 2014 and has also been the runners-up two times in the Champions League.
However, while he has been able to deliver for the Rojiblancos, not being able to win the Champions League certainly puts a dent in his managerial career. This season, with the league almost away from reach, Simeone could salvage himself in the Champions League and he could start it by eliminating the defending champions.