Liverpool failed to beat Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 tie at Anfield, after the visiting team held on to claim a remarkable victory in extra time.
Liverpool had played well, as many expected they would, and in the 42nd minute, just before half time, Wijnaldum put the host ahead after good work by Chamberlain.
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, Jan Oblak did well to keep his side in the tie with many fantastic saves, and so it ended 1:0 after 90minutes. With the tie now on 1:1, with the visitors leading 1 nil from the first leg, the game went into extra time.
Exactly one minute into extra time, Wijnaldum turned provider when he laid the ball for Firmino whose first effort ricocheted off the bar before tucking in the rebound. 2:1 Liverpool, his first goal at Anfield in all competitions this season. 94′ minutes.
Liverpool switched off after that, and let Atletico Madrid back into the game, with stand-in keeper, Adrian mistakenly laying the ball into the path of substitute Llorente, when he should have hit it up field. The Spaniard made no mistakes, running at Liverpool’s goal before slotting it past hs hapless compatriot. 97′ minutes played, 2:1 Atletico Madrid.
Minutes later, Llorente scored again, receiving a pass from Alvaro Morata before slotting it into the bottom right corner, after fending off pressure from James Milner. 105′ + 1, 2:2 Atletico Madrid. 3:3 on aggregate.
Atletico didnt let it slip after that, going all out for the win as they once again pounced at the death. This time Llorente turning provider, the goalscorer laid a wonderful pass for Morata who made no mistakes, after racing through on goal, before sending the ball past Adrian to make it 2:3 on the night, and 2:4 on aggregate.
Liverpool had thought pulling on the might of the Kop would be enough to scare off Atletico Madrid and must have underrated the slender lead the away side had, coming into this tie.
It’s one thing to overturn a 3 goal lead against Barcelona, but it is a whole new ball game to overturn a 1 goal lead against a very organised Atletico Madrid side.
Liverpool must needs defend sometimes and must not always keep hoping to win games by out scoring the opponent.
And so that was the story of the game, the defending Champions are out of this years Champions League, and their longstanding record of not suffering any defeat at Anfield since 2014 has come to an end.