A corner preceded Atlético’s early lead: Koke’s cross dripped Liverpool’s Fabinho onto the foot in the center, Saúl pressed the free ball from close range over the line (4th). As a result, the hosts left the ball to Liverpool. Diego Simeone’s team retreated deep into their own half with two well-organized chains of four, the two strikers leading the pressing.
Liverpool struggled to get a chance against the defensive Atléticos. Defender Andrew Robertson sought the first conclusion in the 29th minute. Previously, Robertson had to clear on the opposite side of Atleti striker Álvaro Morata (20th) before Morata failed to goalkeeper Alisson Becker after a Virgil mistake (26th).
Liverpool’s most dangerous attacker before the break was Mohamed Salah: After a mistake by Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, the Egyptian scored in the goal, but had previously played offside Roberto Firmino (26th). Later Felipe fended off a Salah degree with his head (36th).
For the second half Jürgen Klopp took the yellow-red endangered Sadio Mané from the field, for him came Divock Origi. The Reds did not get any big chances even after the change of sides: A header Salahs at least approached the goal (53.). Morata slipped at the end of one of Atlético’s rare relief attacks eleven meters in front of the goal (69.), Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson missed a direct acceptance (73.). The leadership of the Spaniards was never in serious danger.
Liverpool are not only taking a backlog on Anfield, but are also missing out on scoring an away goal. The second leg (9 p.m., live ticker: SPIEGEL.de; stream: DAZN) will take place on March 11th.