However, in his post-match comments, Enrique Cerezo turned his attention towards the venue of the second leg of Atletico’s tie, stating: “Anfield is great but also an old stadium. It would not pass the technical inspections if they had to go through them.”
This left the Reds fanbase enraged, with many warning that Cerezo’s comments will do nothing but fuel the Liverpool team as well as the Anfield crowd on during the return fixture in March.
Cerezo, Atlético Madrid Chairman: "Anfield is great but also an old stadium. It would not pass the technical inspections if they had to go through them." pic.twitter.com/RxNXauUEHC
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) February 19, 2020
cant wait to see them all cry
— Jacob Elkins (@JacobBElkins) February 19, 2020
You will find out what Anfield is capable off
— ????Gravity?? (@Gravity23456) February 19, 2020
They all talk and they all fall
— jake (@jaketay88907204) February 19, 2020
Liverpool 3-0 atletico incoming
— Klopp’s Kop (@talkthekop) February 19, 2020
They just don’t learn the lesson, do they? Anfield will be up for it big time. Let’s obliterate them. ?
— Amrut Atre (@AmrutAtre) February 19, 2020
Lets see what he says, when they fly home with nothing after the next game!
— ???????? (@Rakpenguin63) February 19, 2020
Just let them put more fuel into the fire. They’ll get burnt at Anfield!
— Mathieu Bodström (@MBodstrom) February 19, 2020
What a clown
— TheBoffinator (@mikeyc71) February 19, 2020
It’s robust enough to hold 6 European Cups ! Not a worry he has
— Peeky (@Peekylad) February 19, 2020
— DehReaL (@Qhuamhiejr) February 19, 2020
— Nicholas Bugge (@nickbugge94) February 19, 2020
What do we think?
Cerezo would be wise not to stoke the Liverpool fans’ fire further ahead of the second leg, with the stadium already famous for producing extremely hostile atmospheres during Champions League matches.
A prime example would be the last time a La Liga club travelled to Anfield with a first-leg lead, Liverpool arguably produced one of the most extraordinary comebacks in the history of the competition against Barcelona. With these factors in mind, Liverpool fans will certainly believe that Cerezo should keep his opinions to himself until the tie is finished.