The night went from unhealthy to worse to Atlético, who had Felipe despatched off later within the first half. With a person benefit for over 50 minutes, Liverpool continued the stress, squandering quite a few probabilities to increase its lead.
It means with two video games left of the group stage, Liverpool is into the knockout levels of the Champions League, whereas Atlético sit third on 4 factors, one behind Porto.
After the sport, Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp referred to as the efficiency “practically excellent.”
“We scored the objectives in the proper moments. They have been far more on the front-foot with how they began than the house sport however we began properly. They have been incredible finishes as properly, particularly Sadio’s one. With the crimson card, properly, you do not like that, you do not wish to play towards 10 males however ultimately it is 2-0 and it was an awesome evening.
He continued: “You earn some huge cash to win Champions League video games! The primary goal was to get by way of this group. However we did it with two video games to go. What can we do? We should see. I did not anticipate we might be by way of after 4 video games however the boys did it and it is rather well deserved.”
Impressing from the beginning
When the 2 groups met in Madrid of their first encounter, they produced a panoramic affair, with Liverpool racing right into a 2-0 lead, just for Atlético to battle again and equalize, with Mohamed Salah grabbing a dramatic winner within the closing levels.
Having received its opening three video games of the group stage, Liverpool sat atop Group B. However Atlético traveled to the UK needing a outcome, having solely received one in every of its opening three video games.
However it could not have began worse for Diego Simeone’s males, conceding a sloppy opening purpose contained in the opening levels of the sport.
Portugal worldwide Jota was the beneficiary of a luxurious Alexander-Arnold cross to move previous the despairing Jan Oblak in purpose.
Identified for its defensive solidity, the purpose rocked the sometimes resolute Atletico, however there was a lot worse to come back for the Spanish facet.
It was two objectives behind within the twenty first minute, as Mane tapped dwelling from shut vary once more to stun Simeone on the bench.
Though Atlético produced its finest interval of attacking play after going two objectives down, it was short-lived.
After committing a foul on the sting of the Liverpool field to cease a quick break, Brazilian defender Felipe refused to obey referee Danny Makkelie’s needs that he come and settle for his yellow card; Makkelie determined to point out Felipe the crimson as a substitute.
Liverpool examined Oblak just a few extra instances as a feisty first half got here to an in depth, leaving Simeone a lot to ponder throughout the halftime break.
It took simply minutes for Liverpool to have the ball within the Atlético web as soon as once more, just for Jota’s cool end to be dominated out by the video assistant referee (VAR) for offside.
And the house facet continued to spurn superb alternatives, Salah, Joel Matip and Jota coming inside whiskers of placing Liverpool three up.
Towards the run of play although, Luis Suarez — returning the bottom the place he had a lot success as a Liverpool participant — appeared to have given Atlético a lifeline, his deflected effort wrongfooting Alisson in purpose.
However it wasn’t to be for Suarez, because the VAR dominated the purpose out for offside.
It was extra of the identical sadly for Atlético, as Liverpool stored up its stress on the Liverpool purpose, with Virgil van Dijk’s long-range strike simply going over.
The rest of the sport was an ideal show of sport administration from Liverpool, with some obvious accidents to Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the one blights on an in any other case excellent night.