Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid (2-4 agg): 3 Talking Points as Rojiblancos record stunning smash and grab victory at Anfield | UEFA Champions League 2019-20
- Talking points from a stunning encounter at Anfield, as Atletico Madrid downed Liverpool 3-2 to secure qualification to quarterfinals
#2 Simeone ends Klopp's unbeaten record in European knockout ties at Liverpool
As the seemingly unstoppable force of Liverpool locked horns against the immovable object that is Atletico Madrid, two stunning European records were at stake. Going into the game, Diego Simeone's side had never been knocked out of the competition by a team not involving Cristiano Ronaldo, Jurgen Klopp was unbeaten in 10 European knockout ties as Liverpool manager, a record that was effectively ended by the La Liga outfit.
Despite going a goal behind on aggregate and two goals behind on the night, Atleti not only completed a stunning comeback and secured qualification, but also put the seal on a stunning smash and grab performance in extra time, as they won the game on the night owing to a late Morata goal.
In his time at the Spanish capital, Simeone has often been slated for his footballing philosophy and the masters of the dark arts were at it once again at Anfield, as they resorted to their usual game plan and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Klopp will take encouragement from the fact that his side gave it their all for the entirety of the game, but his perfect European record at the Merseyside club was finally blemished by an experienced manager who also happens to be a seasoned veteran in the competition.