​Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has claimed the La Liga giants are not afraid of taking on Champions League holders Liverpool in the last 16 of the competition.

The pair will face off in the two-legged affair on February 18 and March 11 next year after being drawn together following the conclusion of the group stages, which saw Atléti finish runners-up in Group D while Liverpool bested Napoli to top Group E.

The two sides have met twice before in European competition, once in the Champions League and once in the Europa League.


The most recent of those meetings, in 2010, saw ​Atléti advance to the Europa League final after winning on away goals in a hotly contested semi-final; going on to lift the trophy after victory over Roy Hodgson's Fulham in the final.

Liverpool, though, are the current holders of the Champions League, but despite that Cerezo has suggested (via ​Marca) that his side have nothing to fear.

"I think the vertigo has to hit Liverpool. We knew that Liverpool or any other could play us. It is not the first time we have eliminated them, we already eliminated him in UEFA. 

"He is a great team, but we have Jan (Oblak)."

Incidentally, his confidence in beating Liverpool is also shared by Oblak - who claimed after the draw had been completed that anything can happen over the two legs, particularly in European competition.

The Slovenian keeper said: "Liverpool is a great team, it has good players, but we face it with great enthusiasm. I hope that in the field we show what is necessary to pass.

"They are playing very well, but they are two games and anyone is complicated. I have no doubt that if we do things well we can move to the quarter-finals.

Jan Oblak

"It does not scare me because, although there are great players, in Spain there are others and you get used to it. I just think about doing it in the best way."

The first leg is set to take place at the Wanda Metropolitano, before both teams return to Anfield three weeks later in March.