Liverpool’s hold on the Champions League was wrestled from them by Atletico Madrid when a dramatic last-16 second leg went into additional time – and a finely balanced game turned on a harmful blunder by goalkeeper Adrian.
Jurgen Klopp’s side – seeking to win the trophy for a seventh time – thought that they had overturned Atletico’s 1-0 advantage from 1st leg once Roberto Firmino’s first goal at Anfield this season at the start of the additional half-hour gave them the lead within the tie.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s first-half header was full reward for Liverpool laying siege to the Atletico goal for a lot of of the first ninety minutes.
And yet, as the Kop sensed another unforgettable Champions League finish, Adrian – deputising for the injured Alisson – paid the value for a dreadful clearance as substitute Marcos Llorente pounced with an occasional finish to secure Atletico’s crucial away goal.
Llorente struck once more with another composed end within the one hundred and fifth minute and with the spirit draining out of Liverpool and their supporters, former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata adding insult to injury with a 3rd within the dying seconds to send Atletico through to the last eight.
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