Liverpool were defeated by Champions League opponents Atlético Madrid 1-0 in a frustrating 90 minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano. The Reds enjoyed the success of lifting their sixth European Cup the last time they played in this stadium, but endured a far tougher evening this time.
Diego Simeone’s side took the lead with four minutes played when Saúl Ñìguez tapped the ball past Alisson at the back post from a corner. From that point, the home side sat back and conducted a well-organised defensive game.
Jürgen Klopp’s side struggled to break down Atlético’s two blocks of four players and it was difficult to choose a stand-out performer. However, Andy Robertson was probably Liverpool’s best player in Tuesday’s European fixture.
The Scotsman, while having no fortune down his left flank, still tried to make things happen. The left-back provided five crosses for his side and his passing accuracy at the end of the game was 91%. He also tried his luck with a shot at goal with his weaker right foot but the attempt went wide of the goal.
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Defensively, Robertson won four duels and completed two interceptions. The No.26’s best defensive work was when the home side whipped in an excellent cross to the back post, where Álvaro Morata was waiting, and the Liverpool defender hooked the ball away with his left foot to prevent an almost certain goal from the Spaniard.
Surprisingly, the former Hull defender didn’t commit any fouls and, luckily, didn’t pick up a yellow card — a booking for Robertson would have meant a suspension for the return fixture.
Overall, the Scot wasn’t at his best but neither was the rest of the team. He worked hard and he constantly tried to put the ball into the opposition’s box to cause problems.
With this Liverpool side, we all know that this tie is certainly not over. Even if Atlético Madrid arrive at Anfield and even if they use the same tactics, these players have become excellent puzzle-solvers and Los Rojiblancos are just the next puzzle.
The return leg is set for March 11 at Anfield, but next up for Liverpool is a Premier League clash with West Ham United at home on Monday night football.