Liverpool 2-0 Atletico: Luis Suarez's Anfield return was a Champions League disaster

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Luis Suarez's Liverpool return didn't exactly go to plan as Atletico Madrid slumped to a 2-0 defeat in the Champions League.

The Reds needed just 13 minutes to take the lead against their former Anfield conquerers with Trent Alexander-Arnold whipping a glorious ball into Diogo Jota, who arrived in the box to find the net.

And it was another fine pass from Alexander-Arnold that doubled Liverpool's advantage with Sadio Mane beating Jan Oblak to replicate the scoreline from which the Reds capitulated in 2020.

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However, there was no indication that Jurgen Klopp's men would suffer the same fate this time around, particularly when Atletico were reduced to ten men before half-time.

Felipe appeared to be on the brink of earning a yellow card for a cynical tackle on Mane, but his lack of cooperation with the referee seemingly saw his punishment upgraded to a dismissal.

And despite Atletico's goal subsequently living a charmed life, Suarez looked to have marked his Anfield return by finding the net when his deflected half-volley defied Alisson Becker.

Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid Reaction (Football Terrace)

A tough night for Suarez

The former Reds striker proceeded to celebrate minimally and run back towards the halfway line, seemingly having given Atletico a lifeline in the game despite being lucky not to be 5-0 down.

But alas, true to Suarez's disappointing display on Merseyside, the offside flag denied him the glory with Atletico having been punished for the free-kick from which their goal emanated.

Then, just to rub salt in Suarez's wounds, the fourth official held his number aloft as Diego Simeone put the Uruguayan out of his misery by subbing him off for Héctor Herrera in the 59th minute.

As such, it brought the curtain down on a thoroughly underwhelming performance with Suarez's dire statistics showing that his misery spanned far beyond an offside goal and early substitution.

Suarez's terrible statistics

SofaScore slapped Suarez with a bang average rating of 6.3 with the ex-Barcelona striker failing to muster a single shot, amassing just 19 touches and conceding possession seven times.

Suarez attempted one cross and long ball, but neither of them were accurate and he only completed 12 of the 17 passes that he tried for an abysmal completion rate of just 71%.

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And with Atletico failing to get back into the game as Suarez watched on from the bench, ultimately slumping to a convincing 2-0 defeat, there wasn't any comparative joy to be had from the sidelines.

As such, it's fair to say that Suarez's comeback won't be going down as a fairytale return...

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