The Reds lost a game of football this week and it feels weird. This was Jürgen Klopp’s side’s first loss since a narrow defeat to Napoli in September. After the first leg ended 1-0 to the Spaniards, we feel Naby Keita will be key to Liverpool progressing ahead of Atletico Madrid.
Losing 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano is a tough pill to swallow for Liverpool and their fans.
The visitors were put behind early on by an extremely lucky Atletico goal.
The Madrid side were wrongly given a throw in which resulted in a corner. Then, after a group of players challenged for the cross and all missed it, the ball ricocheted off a helpless Fabinho into Saul Niguez’s feet.
Thereafter it was a war of attrition, a siege.
The hosts lined up on the edge of their own area and resolved to keep the visitors at bay.
Liverpool finished with 73% of possession, utterly dominating the ball and the game.
However, just having the ball was not enough as Diego Simeone’s side were incredibly impressive on the backfoot.
With the Spanish side set to repeat their defensive stoicism at Anfield, Naby Keita will be key to Liverpool beating Atletico Madrid.
Keita can break down the most stubborn of defences, we paid a club record fee to sign him for this reason.
The Guinean is adept at beating his man and playing quick fire one-twos around the edge of the area.
His attacking prowess and his flair will be crucial when it comes to getting through the rigid Atletico back line.
If we can keep him fit for the return leg then there’ll be little to worry about, we have faith in Nabs.