Former Liverpool forward Michael Owen sees his winning run at the hands of Atletico Madrid end tonight.
The Reds have won their last 18 games in all competitions, excluding the results of very changed young teams who have faced Shrewsbury and Aston Villa in the FA and Carabao Cups.
The last time their team’s first star failed to win a game came in the Champions League with a 1-1 draw against Napoli in November.
But Owen expects the same result that will face Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of their last 16 draw.
Jurgen Klopp’s team returned to the Champions League final triumph scene on June 1 – yet Owen doesn’t believe he will get a repeat result despite expecting them to advance on two legs.
He said to Betvictor: “Atletico Madrid – Liverpool 1-1
“Liverpool have a team almost completely available for their return to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, where they lifted their sixth Champions / Champions League cup in June.
The Athletes have a fair amount of injuries to deal with, but Diego Simeone’s team is a handful for anyone on the home field and are unbeaten in the last 13 Champions League knockout draws.
“The Reds weren’t at their best on Carrow Road on Saturday but, once again, they found ways to get the maximum points.
“A draw would not be the worst result to bring back to Anfield for the second leg and I think it will be an honor also in the Spanish capital.”
The clash will mark Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone’s first encounter in a competitive game – a battle the German tactician believes is interesting to watch.
Klopp said: “His teams are always organized worldwide. This makes it one of the best.
“We exchanged messages after big games.
“We meet in a competitive game for the first time. It will be interesting, really interesting.”