Liverpool’s defense of their Champions League title hangs in the balance. Klopp was left frustrated by Madrid’s approach as they were beaten 1-0 by the Spanish side in their Champions League last-16 first leg.
Liverpool was given a dose of their own medicine as Atletico harried throughout limiting them to just two clear chances and no shots on target.
Minutes before kick-off, Klopp referred to Atletico having a similar “intense DNA” to his own side. Unfortunately for him, they were at their intense best.
What faced Liverpool was almost a mirror image. A team that relentlessly pressed and got numbers forward on the counter.
Liverpool had spells of possession on the opposition half. But, Diego Simeon’s Atletico side are past masters at dealing with teams of that type. They forced Liverpool into several errors when they had possession and limited them to two clear chances on goal.
In fact, Liverpool had to wait until the 53rd minute for their first opening. Unfortunately, Mohamed Salah headed wide.
Klopp not happy with his attacking threat in the first half twisted at half time when he brought on Origi for the under-par Mane.
However, the Belgium striker was easily marshaled. Despite the fact, Origi bar one moment of quality when he hooked in a cross for captain Henderson who fired wide.
Klopp’s skipper came off injured in the 80th minute to cap a forgettable night.
Emotions on Atletico’s side-Klopp
Klopp said, “I had no problem with the result. I saw so many happy faces from Atletico tonight. I get that because it is a big win. But it is not over yet. That is the only thing I feel.”
“The crowd wanted to help their team tonight. That makes it a very emotional game. Emotions are important. Tonight, they were obviously completely on the side of Atletico. But I am really looking forward to the second leg.”
Diego Simeone: “The best side in the world came here and we beat them.”
“But it’s only one game down, one to go. Liverpool had their chances. They were dangerous, they’ve got good players all over the pitch.”