Diego Simeone admires the side of Jurgen Klopp for the confrontation between the Champions League in Madrid
‘Liverpool goes into history’: Diego Simeone admires the side of Jurgen Klopp for the clash of the Champions League in Madrid
- The Argentinian will play against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Tuesday evening
- Atletico Madrid side hosts Liverpool in the first leg of their final-16 draw
- Under Klopp, Liverpool has set new standards in the competition this season
- Diego Simeone has enjoyed success herself and won the Europa League twice
Diego Simeone has no doubt that Liverpool from Jurgen Klopp will be remembered as one of the best teams in the game.
The Argentinian will compete against Klopp on Tuesday as his host of Atletico Madrid, host Liverpool, in the first leg of their final-16 draw in the Champions League in the Wanda Metropolitano.
Under Klopp, Liverpool has set new standards this season, a follow-up to last year’s European success by running away with the Premier League and winning the Club World Cup.
Diego Simeone has no doubt that Liverpool from Jurgen Klopp will be remembered as one of the big ones
Simeone said: “We are a great team, really well trained by a coach who is different and has different alternatives in his team.
“We have always talked about great teams and I have no doubt that Liverpool will go down in history as a great team because it is different from the teams we have admired (in the past).
“This team is much more intense, more flexible and it makes me admire it as a rival.”
Simeone has enjoyed success itself by winning the Europa League twice, leading a La Liga title and Atletico to two Champions League finals.
Jurgen Klopp was full of life in the Wanda Metropolitano during his press conference
This season was more of a struggle and the team is currently fourth in the league after winning only one of their last five games.
Simeone has had some criticism, but he insists he will embrace it.
The 49-year-old said: “Criticism is necessary and it helps us improve. We are where we are and we have a tough opponent in front of us.
“Our stadium will help us a lot and the only thing that matters is what happens on the pitch.
“When the game starts, anything can happen. I see optimism and desire within the team. “
Simeone has not ruled out a comeback for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who has stopped playing since November due to a hernia problem but is back in training.
He said: “He is improving, we have talked about it, he trains with great enthusiasm and is in the group of 19 players who are fighting.”
Mohamed Salah (left) and Dejan Lovren (right) on the Wanda Metropolitano field on Monday