The Guardian (Nigeria)

‘ Mo Salah is extraordin­ary, Liverpool are fantastic but Atletico can hurt them’


DIEGO Simeone accepts Atletico Madrid are meeting a Liverpool side back to their best led by the “extraordin­ary” Mohamed Salah, reports

The Argentinia­n mastermind­ed victories in both legs of their last- 16 encounter in 2020, which ended the Reds’ reign as European champions.

However, Klopp’s team look even stronger this time around for today’s Champions League clash. They have scored three or more goals in all six away matches this season, found the net 33 times in 11 fixtures and have yet to fail to score in any match.

Salah himself has 10 goals in as many appearance­s and has scored in every match bar one.

A return to the Wanda Metropolit­ano, the scene of their 2019 Champions League final victory over Tottenham, will be their toughest assignment yet and Simeone is well aware of what is awaiting the Spanish champions.

“All I care about really is Liverpool but Mohamed Salah is an extraordin­ary player, who has been playing at a fantastic level for the last few years with Liverpool and his national team,” said the Atletico coach.

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