Liverpool will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16 and Reds supporters had a mixed reaction to the draw.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side made it through to the knockout stage last week after victory away to Salzburg saw them top Group E.
Liverpool were drawn against Atletico in Nyon on Monday morning, with the Liga side arguably representing the Reds’ toughest possible opponents.
This will be the first time the teams have met in the Champions League knockout rounds, having last met in the Europa League semi-final in 2010, when Atletico prevailed on away goals.
The ties will take place in February and March, with dates to be confirmed later on Monday.
Here’s how supporters reacted to the result on Twitter and Facebook, as Liverpool prepare to return to the Wanda Metropolitano after last season’s final success.
There was understandable concern from some…
Atletico it is. Not the team many had hoped for. Have every confidence in us but will certainly be a tough one.
— Joanna Durkan (@JoannaDurkan_) December 16, 2019
Team I wanted to face the least tbh …#LFC #UCLdraw
— Grizz (@GrizzKhan) December 16, 2019
Need a positive result away, Simeone could kill the tie if we need to win the 2nd leg.
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) December 16, 2019
“Very tough draw, going to be difficult to break down their stubborn defence.”
– Jason Rowlands on Facebook.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) December 16, 2019
– Nathi Ntfulini on Facebook.
The wrong team from Madrid ffs ?
— Kauser Soze (@NinaKauser) December 16, 2019
Others weren’t too worried, though, especially given Liverpool’s brilliance and Atletico’s mixed form recently.
On contrary, Atletico Madrid haven't been very good.
2 goals in over 60 shots at home in the UCL. Suffering from bouts of self-doubt, having not scored in over four hours before Felix’s spot-kick vs Lokomotiv, only one win in their last eight games. #LFC should have no fear.
— D E E P D A S T A R D L Y (@srijandeep) December 16, 2019
It’s a Wandaful draw
— Mike Kearney (@MikeKearney1) December 16, 2019
Liverpool’s last visit to the Wanda Metropolitano didn’t go too badly.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 16, 2019
Always say we can beat anyone when the 2nd leg is at Anfield.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) December 16, 2019
“Everyone saying it’s a toughie wonder what Atletico are thinking.”
– Paul Woodhead on Facebook.
I’m not fearful of anyone over two legs. Yes Atletico are strong, but they’re not quite the side they once were.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) December 16, 2019
Guess everyone saw that coming haha, hard draw but return to Madrid and the 2nd leg at Anfield, feeling confident still.
— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) December 16, 2019
Positive: Liverpool are used to teams sitting in a deep block 442 against them. Also, Atletico don’t score a lot.
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) December 16, 2019
“Tough draw but that’s the business we’re in. Looking forward to it immensely.”
– Russell Walker on Facebook.
That was our toughest draw but we will still go through.
— the unbearables (@UTFR92) December 16, 2019
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