Alberto Moreno has warned Atlético Madrid they are going to ‘suffer’ against Liverpool at Anfield.
Diego Simeone’s side travel to Merseyside for the second left of their Champions League last 16 meeting next month having won the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano 1-0 courtesy of Saúl Ñíguez’s 4th-minute goal.
The result puts them in the driving seat for the second leg, with the narrow advantage sure to be something they will use to their advantage.
Liverpool won’t make life easy for them, though, with them having turned Anfield into a fortress over the last two years.
Moreno is undoubtedly expecting that to play its part, telling La Vanguardia; “I know how tight Anfield is and I’m clear that Atletico will suffer a lot.”
In truth the second leg is finely balanced, with Atlético likely to sit back and defend deep, limiting Liverpool as they did in the first leg.
At the moment, most expect the reigning champions to get the result they need and progress, with few predicting Atlético to pull over another shock victory.
Moreno is of a similar mind, admitting that he believes Liverpool have “more chance” of going through but warning his former team that the Spanish side are one of “the best teams in Europe and can beat anyone” before adding that “anything can happen” after the first-leg result.
That will be something Jürgen Klopp will be well aware of, with this second leg shaping up to be one of the most interesting of this round.