Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool highlights: Liverpool were left frustrated against Atletico after an early Saul Niguez goal saw them fall to 1-0 defeat in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg.
Atletico 1-0 Liverpool
‣ 1-0: Saul Niguez (4′)
Atletico made a fast start and made their early pressure count as they netted in just the fourth minute from their first corner of the game.
Liverpool looked flustered to begin with but responded well to going behind as they looked to keep the ball, frustrate the crowd and draw the home side out of their shape.
Atletico remained dangerous on the counter, with one seeing Alvaro Morata waiting at the far-post to tap the incoming cross home, however, Andy Robertson made a decisive interception for Klopp’s side.
The Reds then had the ball in the net at the other end after a mistake by Jan Oblak handed Mohamed Salah the ball. The Egyptian mis-controlled the ball and inadvertently passed to Roberto Firmino, who was stood in an offside position before Salah finished from the return pass.
Divock Origi came on at half-time in place of Mane, despite no suggestions of an injury to the Reds forward.
The final ball was often lacking for Liverpool, who piled on the pressure in the second half but failed to trouble Oblak in goal. Salah came close on two occasions but was unable to divert the ball goalwards, with Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing him in the 72nd minute.
An excellent cross into the box by Origi fell to an unmarked Jordan Henderson, whose first time attempt agonisingly went inches wide of the post.
The Reds skipper was forced off injured ten minutes before time as James Milner came on to replace him, with Liverpool eventually falling short of grabbing a decisive equaliser.
It’s not an ideal result for the Reds, who were below their best, but they remain firm favourites to overturn the 1-0 deficit at Anfield and progress to the next round.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Atletico 1-0 Liverpool Highlights
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