Atletico headed into the second leg of this last – 030 tie with a 1-0 advantage courtesy of their win in Madrid, but Georginio Wijnaldum ‘s first-half header sent the sides in level 1-1 on aggregate with 59 minutes left to play.
Jan Oblak was in superb form with save after save to deny Jurgen Klopp ‘s Liverpool, and the game went into extra-time.
Roberto Firmino put Liverpool in front four minutes into extra-time, but a big call from Diego Simeone was to prove drastic.
Simeone took off Diego Costa 90 minutes in, prompting a furious reaction from the forme Chelsea striker. His replacement, however, made the difference – Marcos Llorente cancelled out Firmino’s strike in the seventh minute of extra-time to put Atletico ahead on away goals following an error from Adrian.
Llorente then struck on the stroke of half-time in extra-time to leave Liverpool needing two goals to progress, but Alvaro Morata scored with seconds left to seal a 4-2 aggregate win and end Liverpool’s Champions League defense.
Jurgen Klopp says his players played exceptional for the minutes – and the German has also taken aim at Atletico’s style of play, saying they have the quality to play better football.
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“The way they play it’s hard to play against, they defend really well. But I think we created lots of chances to score and it’s not like they defended against us. We’re just disappointed not to get the result and now we’ve got to use it and react in the right way. ”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson reacts to their Champions League exit, speaking to BT Sport:
“Obviously, we ‘re really disappointed. I felt the performance overall was very good, the intensity. We spoke before game about that and we put everything into it. We’re disappointed with goals we conceded, but the performance is something we’ll be pleased with . ”
“We’ve experienced it over last three years, you’ve got to be focused at all times and any lapse in concentration can cost you. ‘re really disappointed because I felt with the performance, we deserved to go through.
“We’re really disappointed to be in the position we were in and concede the goals we did. We’ve got to take it on the chin. “
“We knew it was going to be very difficult, Liverpool are a strong side. We knew we had to keep our shape and frustrate them as much as we could. We kept on believing and going and going, and we got the win.
“Liverpool are very strong at home and we had to stick together, to keep our defense shape. We knew we’d get our chances and we were just clinical, that’s what it’s all about, taking your chances. “
Simeone tactics “The way we played tonight is the way we train. The way he is on the touchline is the way he is in training. It’s a joy to work with him. ”
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