Liverpool star Andy Robertson warns that the draw of Atletico Madrid Champions League is far from over
“They celebrated as if they managed to win the draw”: Andy Robertson warns Atletico Madrid that they should be at their best to have a chance to win Anfield after enjoying a 1-0 win over the first leg against Liverpool
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has warned Atletico Madrid that their full-time parties may have come prematurely because he promised that the men of Jurgen Klopp would ‘make it up’ in the second leg.
Atletico drew first blood in the final-16 clash in the Champions League when Saul Niguez’s lonely strike in Madrid gave the hosts a slim lead to take back to Anfield.
Despite Liverpool dominating much of the procedures, Atletico placed a typical haunted display at the back after scoring early to stop the men from Klopp and retain their one goal advantage.
Atletico Madrid celebrated it after he had eliminated Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League
Andy Robertson reminded the La Liga giants that in fact it is only half in the last 16 position
The players of Diego Simeone were understandably happy to claim the scalp of world champions and last season’s Champions League winners, but Robertson quickly reminded them that the band is not nearly over after the last whistle.
“They celebrated as if they won the draw after the game, so let’s see,” the Scotland international told BT Sport.
“We have a few weeks and Premier League companies to take care of. They come back to Anfield, we know our fans will be there, we know we will be there, it’s up to them to be there.
“They can fall over and try to get under our skin like they did, I think we handled it well, while they fell over quite easily, we went on with it.
Saul Niguez scored the only goal of the match to give Atletico a one-goal lead in the draw
Diego Simeone and his players were delighted with the final whistle after beating Liverpool
“We have put in a decent performance tonight, but we know we can be better and luckily we have a second leg to put it right.”
BT Sport expert Rio Ferdinand agreed with Robertson that things are being closely monitored and insisted that Atletico did not give Liverpool cause for panic.
He added: ‘It’s not just about statistics, you have to defend another team and have a finished product with possession. I love the tone of Robertson’s interview.
‘They see the manager, see the other team animated, rub it in your face, fans and players are celebrating, the band is not over, they have to come to us, there is still a lot to play.
Liverpool dominated much of the game, but could not break a stubborn Atletico defense
Rio Ferdinand believes that Liverpool will not be worried at all, despite a draw in the draw
“We said before the game that the team of Simeones is resolute, well defended, organized, well prepared, yes, the back of their team is lost in the summer, but he is a fantastic coach who gets the best out of all his players and his teams and today he did exactly that.
“They had the goal early in the game and said that if we get a goal, we can fight it and they made it difficult, they fought, they made it nasty, they were aggressive, all the things you get from a Simeone team would expect.
“This is not something Liverpool can panic about, they know what they are capable of at Anfield. This is not at all what will derail them. “
Klopp’s men welcome Atletico in Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League draw on March 11.