Liverpool succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in what was a frustrating encounter in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
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Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
Champions League Last-16 First Leg, Wanda Metropolitano
February 18, 2020
Goal: Saul 4’
The Reds made the trip back to Madrid 262 days after their triumph in the Champions League final, but this time came face to face with Atletico Madrid.
A fervent atmosphere awaited Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano and it only went up a decibel after the hosts capitalised on the Reds’ poor defending from a corner.
Saul Niguez was the benefactor as he finished from close range with less than five minutes on the clock – a goal which played straight into the hands of Diego Simeone’s side.
The Spanish outfit dropped back, absorbed pressure and looked to counter at the opportune moment – with the Reds struggling to break them down and lay a glove on Jan Oblak.
Mohamed Salah‘s blocked effort was the closest Liverpool came in the first half in what was a frustrating night in front of goal for Klopp’s side.
The Egyptian would again come close with a headed effort after the break, with Jordan Henderson similarly flashing two efforts wide before being forced from the field with a hamstring injury.
The fixture was marred by a number of questionable decisions from the referee, but the tie is still very much in the balance when they meet once more at Anfield on March 11.