Klopp: Liverpool will accept any decision to play match behind closed doors

Klopp: Liverpool will accept any decision to play match behind closed doors

Whilst a decision hasn't yet been made, there is speculation that Liverpool's Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid could be played behind closed doors at Anfield on Wednesday, a decision that Jurgen Klopp would accept.

LaLiga Santander announced on Tuesday morning that the next two rounds of domestic fixtures in Spain would be played without supporters as European countries try and deal with the outbreak of Coronavirus.

"Anyone who knows me knows I understand there are more important things than football, we will respect any decision," Klopp told the press.

"We have to find a solution to this, I don't know if it helps to play behind closed doors.

"The problem is that if you're aren't in a football stadium, you're in a bar, we have families and we will respect decisions."

Liverpool hope to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Madrid, yet after failing to record a single shot on target at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, the former Borussia Dortmund coach is adamant his team must improve.

"I expect more shots on goal," Klopp added.

"It seems like we had no opportunities there, but we played against an Atletico Madrid team that is one of the best in the world at defending.

"Holding a 0-0 would have been a better result, but they never give up, but we're only at half-time in a 180-minute match, so we have been preparing for this game for three weeks."

Atletico Madrid were without Joao Felix in the first match between the two teams, and despite his indifferent form in LaLiga Santander, Klopp expects the Portuguese forward to be involved.

"Their defending will be the same," Klopp confirmed.

"Joao Felix is incredible, Morata is doubtful, so surely Felix will play after a period out.

"Joao is very intelligent and we will be prepared for him, but that doesn't mean he won't get a chance to win the tie." Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook

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