After playing the second leg and was eliminated, then Jurgen Klopp quipped the defensive playing style shown by Atletico Madrid. In fact, he did not comment anything after the first leg duel.
A fierce duel between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid was presented in the second leg of the last 16 of the European Champions League in the early morning West Indonesia Time (12/03). In that match, Host Liverpool are required to win by a two-goal margin if they want to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Unfortunately, Jurgen Klopp’s troops were defeated with a final score of 2-3 from the Spanish La Liga representative.
Shown with the full support of its supporters, Liverpool immediately step on the gas since the first minute. But no goals were scored until the break of the match.
In the second half, Liverpool finally broke the deadlock through Wijnaldum’s hard header. Not long ago, it was Roberto Firmino’s turn to make the Anfield public rumble. Score 2-0 successfully defended Liverpool, and tickets to the quarterfinals are in sight.
But suddenly in injury time, Marcos Llorente, who entered as a substitute managed to score a goal back. As a result, a score of 2-1 makes the aggregate be equally strong, both teams must continue the extra round of 2 × 15 minutes.
No one thought, Atletico Madrid actually used the 30 minutes to break down Robertson’s goal twice.
Each goal scored by Marcos Llorente and Alvaro Morata. The match ended with a score of 2-3, Atletico Madrid’s victory. Spain’s representative has the right to advance to the quarter-finals with a 4-2 aggregate advantage.
Interestingly, after the match coach Jurgen Klopp quipped Atletico Madrid’s playing style. In fact, Diego Simeone’s forces have adopted a defensive playing style since the first leg, and Klopp did not comment anything at the time.
“I am really happy with our performance. It’s very difficult to fight a team like that. I don’t understand, with the quality of the players they have and the style of play they choose. They could have played decent football, but they just stayed so deep and relied on counterattacks,” Klopp said to BT Sport.
As such, two European Champions League finalists were eliminated last season. Previously, Tottenham Hotspur was first removed by RB Leipzig.