Liverpool won 3-2 away to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night, but that was only half the story in a riveting encounter.
Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool
Champions League Group Stage (3), Wanda Metropolitano
October 19, 2021
Goals: Griezmann 21′ 34′; Salah 8′ pen 77′, Keita 13′
The Reds returned to the venue of their 2019 Champions League final success, taking on a famously resolute Atletico.
The Frenchman then made it 2-2 in a breathless first half, with Liverpool’s defending leaving a lot to be desired.
Griezmann was sent off for a high foot on Roberto Firmino early in the second half, before Salah’s penalty earned the Reds a crucial win.
Some were delighted with the win, also trying to explain a crazy game…
First and foremost, immensely satisfying to win against Atletico. Maybe even more so to do in that manner. There were times there where I was thinking 'we just can't beat them'. But we did. And all those fans who jeered the knee are going home gutted.
— David Comerford (@Dave_Comerford) October 19, 2021
Atleti in the Wanda Metropolitano is one of the hardest away games in world football. Unbeaten at home in Europe in 4 years, 1 home defeat in 40, a hostile crowd & ref-haranguing team led by a shithouse cheerleader in a suit. And Liverpool won. Sensational result #LFC #UCL
— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) October 19, 2021
Never. In. Doubt. (Apart from all the times when it was in doubt.)
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewittLFC) October 19, 2021
“A hard fought win for the mighty reds tonight…And United?…you’re next….YNWA”
– Nik Reece on Facebook.
Reds win the battle. Horrible team to play against, credit them no rule to say they have to make it easy. But that's a massive win I'd have taken a draw at HT
— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) October 19, 2021
Love a piss boiling win.
— Mari Lewis (@MariCLewis) October 19, 2021
One of the toughest away grounds in Europe and we've come away with 3 points, all that matters. Firmino MoTM for me, he was everywhere for 90 mins.
— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) October 19, 2021
Thank goodness that's over.
— Kay (@The_KYLN) October 19, 2021
Atletico had the weekend off courtesy of La Liga. Their players were fresher. Some of our lads played all their nation's matches (some as much as 3) and were thrust straight into a lunch time kick off on Saturday followed by Tuesday. Perspective please on tonight's performance.
— LFCZA ?? (@LFCZA) October 19, 2021
It was far from all positive, though…
Poor performance,very satisfying result. Shape and collective defending needs to improve.
— Jayant Singh (@JaySinghLFC) October 19, 2021
Haha our defending
— Trevenderson (@Trevski_LFC) October 19, 2021
“Thank God we won n it’s over.”
– Xolani Mlangeni on Facebook.
Just an awful performance that. Three points though. Kryptonite Madrid they are. Don't know what it is about them. So horrible to play against. Even with ten men. Time for Henderson to be dropped. Two out of ten again.
— ALFC (@AndyLFC17) October 19, 2021
We were so lucky, without the sending off we would't have won this game, from the 15th minute we were shit. That midfield should not start against the Mancs. Ox played well when he came on. #LFC
— Originho (@321Kratos) October 19, 2021
Keita had a bad night, despite his goal…
He’s now in his fourth season at #LFC so I don’t think it’s rushing to judgement to suggest Naby Keita lacks the defensive qualities needed to play in midfield for Jurgen Klopp. He offers more on the ball than Wijnaldum but can his manager trust him in the same way in big games?
— David Lynch (@dmlynch) October 19, 2021
If there was a half to sum up Naby Keita’s four years at #LFC, this would be it.
— Keifer MacDonald (@KeiferMacd) October 19, 2021
Keita won two of twelve duels in the first half
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) October 19, 2021
Naby is a mad footballer. Fourth season and I’m still none the wiser
— Craig Hannan (@C_Hannan7) October 19, 2021
Alisson was deemed Man of the Match…
Alisson against Atletico: pic.twitter.com/m7qayQFcyi
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 19, 2021
Alisson MOTM by far. Bailed us out on multiple occasions. Shite performance by us though
— BPComps (@borgixprxdeli) October 19, 2021
Oh yeah Alisson MOTM. Best in the world. Kept us in it. pic.twitter.com/QO891qiu5c
— The Kop End (@TheKopEnd0619) October 19, 2021
Thank God for Alisson, he’s kept us in it since every outfield player randomly decided to down tools.
— Ste Davies (@StevenD1977) October 19, 2021
Alisson Becker – best in the world!
— Rikki Singh (@rikki1502) October 19, 2021
Alisson has arguably been our best player this match.
— ¹¹? (@LFCRK_) October 19, 2021
Alisson definitely our Man of Match. Best itw. 2nd best itw was the opposition keeper.
— Red (@TaintlessRed) October 19, 2021