Resilient Atletico Dump Holders Liverpool Out Of Champions League

Holders Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League by a dogged Atletico Madrid in a dramatic last-16 second leg that went into extra time at Anfield.

Atletico led 1-0 from the first leg and sought to replicate the template that gave them victory in Spain – sitting deep, defending stoutly and feeding off scraps upfront in the hope that something goes in.

Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to win a seventh crown thought they had ended Atletico’s famous doggedness when Roberto Firmino put them ahead in the tie after Georginio Wijnaldum’s first-half header forced the game into an extra 30 minutes.

Adrian – deputising for the injured Alisson – let the Spaniards back into the game as his dreadful clearance was pounced on by substitute Marco Llorente to secure Atletico’s crucial away goal.

Llorente struck again in the 105th minute and with Liverpool looking dispirited and drained of belief, former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata twisted the knife by breaking away to score in added time of extra time.

Defeat ends Jurgen Klopp’s proud record of never losing a two-legged European tie as Liverpool manager.

However, it remains to be seen if and when the last eight will even be able to take place due to the chaos caused across the continent by the novel coronavirus.