DGerman team manager Jürgen Klopp and defending champion FC Liverpool are threatened with the end of the round of 16 in the Champions League. In the first leg, the undisputed Reds were defeated 0-1 (0-1) at Atletico Madrid in the English league and thus absolutely need a win to advance in three weeks at home at Anfield Road.
Spanish international Saul Niguez (4th) scored the winning goal for coach Diego Simeone’s team early in the game. The Rojiblancos, which had reached the finals of the premier class in 2014 and 2016 and were both inferior to the city rival Real Madrid, can hope for the first quarter-finals in three years.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are facing the first major disappointment in a season that has so far been grand. In the Premier League, Klopp and his protégés are only five wins away from their first championship title in 30 years. Liverpool won 25 out of 26 games, one game ended in a tie. Last year Liverpool secured the Grand Cup against Tottenham Hotspur.
In Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico was unimpressed by the well-known opponent from the start. The Simeone team dictated the events in the initial phase and quickly came to a success after a corner. With the lead in the back, the Spaniards concentrated on an effective defense, but always came dangerously in front of the goal by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.
Liverpool intensified their attack efforts in the second half, striker Mohamed Salah put a header just off the mark (53.). Atletico defended cleverly as usual and allowed little overall.