Champions League champions kicked off the defense of the championship in the knockout round with a defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool entered the match against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano with the confidence to show their destruction in the Premier League. The chipping force of the home team Atletico is also the reason why visitors from England can be confident.
However, the reality is far from the expectations of teachers and students Juergen Klopp. Diego Simeone’s Atletico performed tight football and science from the first minute.
The shock came even in the 4th minute when Saul Niguez beat Alisson with a close-range kick. Lost goals early, Liverpool put pressure on Atletico goal with familiar deployment through two full-backs. However, Atletico’s good defensive structure made Liverpool attack like a head-on kick.
Entering the second half, coach Klopp withdrew Sadio Mane to launch Divock Origi on the pitch. However, the Belgian striker did not show the effect. The more Liverpool kick, the more tangled. Even on rare occasions to eat, Mohamed Salah is missed.
Towards the end of the match, Atletico showed more alertness. Even more accurately, Rojiblancos was able to finish the match with more than one goal difference.
Losing the game 0-1, Liverpool still have the second leg at Anfield to correct mistakes. The rematch between The Kop and Atletico will take place on March 11. The Liverpool captain was shocked after learning that Manchester City was banned from participating in the European Cup for two years by UEFA.
He was shocked. A big surprise. The only thing I can say is a football coach, so he can only talk about this aspect. What Pep and Man City have done since he first came to England is truly extraordinary. The rest, he has absolutely no idea. This is obviously serious, but the kind of football they play, it is rare