Atletico produce typical Simeone performance as holders Liverpool beaten by Madrid in first leg


Liverpool’s defence of their Champions League title hangs in the balance after Saul Niguez’s early strike gave Atletico Madrid an aggregate lead going into the second leg of their last-16tie at Anfield.

The Reds were given a dose of their own medicine as Atletico harried andhassled throughout, limiting them to just two clear chances and no shots ontarget.

Those opportunities fell to Mohamed Salah, who headed wide, and JordanHenderson, whose hooked shot just missed Jan Oblak’s far post. 

Klopp replaced Sadio Mane and Salah with Divock Origi and AlexOxlade-Chamberlain but neither made an impact.

Two-time finalists Atletico, who have been on a poor run of form, held on toa fourth-minute lead given to them by Saul. The Spanish midfielder turnedsharply to fire home after a corner came off the boot of Fabinho.

The return leg is on Wednesday, 11 March.

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