Liverpool are out of the Champions League after being beaten 4-2 on aggregate by Atletico Madrid in their last-16 tie.
The Reds trailed 1-0 after the first leg in Madrid but entered the second fixture with confidence.
Anfield has been a fortress this season and, aided by the support of their fans, they were always likely to find a way through Diego Simeone’s wall.
And they did just that through Georginio Wijnaldum’s first-half header but they had to wait until extra-time to score again through Roberto Firmino.
But then the collapse came – aided by goalkeeper Adrian – and Atletico Madrid scored three goals to book their place in the quarter-final.
It wasn’t supposed to go this way.
Liverpool supporters were hopeful of a comeback. Not on the scale of the ones against Barcelona in 2019 or Borussia Dortmund in 2016, but a comeback nonetheless.
Especially so after Andy Robertson reminded Simeone’s side of the challenge awaiting them at Anfield after the first leg.
The left-back wasn’t perturbed after losing 1-0 in Spain and fired a warning to Atleti’s players about what was in store.
“They celebrated like they won the tie after the game, so let’s see,” he said. “They’re coming back to Anfield, we know our fans will be there.”
His comments are being shared once again on Twitter, with rival fans mocking the 26-year-old defender.
It’s safe to say Robertson’s defiant message hasn’t really aged well.
In fairness, Liverpool produced a decent display in the second leg but were let down by their wastefulness in front of goal as well as a dismal performance in goal by Adrian.
The Spanish ‘keeper’s attempted clearance in extra-time fell straight to Joao Felix and the Portuguese forward teed up Marcos Llorente to make it 2-2 on aggregate.
Llorente netted Atleti’s second goal of the night when he finished off a counter-attack before the half-time period of extra-time and Alvaro Morata sealed Liverpool’s exit late on.
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