Andy Robertson believes the experience of Atletico Madrid’s dark arts in the Wanda Metropolitano will stand them in good stead for the return leg on Wednesday.
Liverpool start the Champions League last-16 second leg at Anfield 1-0 down after Saul Niguez’s early strike in the first game.
Speaking after the first leg in Madrid, Robertson complained about Atletico’s “falling over” and at Melwood on Tuesday he admitted it was “frustrating” and unlikely to change.
The Scotland international though, who is fit to pay on Wednesday, is hoping their first-leg experience will stand them in good stead.
“We have experience of coming up against them now, we had that one game and to be honest I thought over there we dealt with that pretty well,” said the Liverpool full-back, who missed the 2-1 win over Bournemouth as a precautionary measure.
“Of course it’s frustrating at times, but it’s not going to change. We’re out of control of that, it’s up to the referee or officials or whatever to deal with it if it’s getting too much.
“But for us we need to focus on our game, we can’t be getting annoyed at stuff we can’t control, we need to stay clear and stay calm in our heads.
“And if we do that it gives us the best possible chance to perform at our highest level.
“I think [the game] over there has helped us to experience that, and hopefully we know how to deal with it and we can show that tomorrow night, stay calm and create the chances we need to create.”
Robertson admitted that it remains a possibility that Wednesday’s game could be Liverpool’s last in the Champions League this season.
“We think of all outcomes, we did that when we played against the teams over the last two years, even when we’ve gone into games in the lead,” added Robertson.
“It’s a knockout competition, and if you’re not are your best on the night then you go out, whether you go into the game in the lead or you go in behind.
“It’s no change, for us we know tomorrow night we could be out of the Champions League, if we’re not at our best or things don’t go well.
“But we think about the positives, we think about trying to give a 100 percent performance, and if we play the Liverpool way, the way we know, then at least we can walk off knowing we’ve given our all.
“Whether that’s good enough, we’ll wait and see, but we believe that if we put in the performances then we can beat any team.
“It’s up to us to show that, but we need to be at our best to break this team down and if we do that then I believe we can create chances and hopefully score some goals.”