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Liverpool fluff their traces as Champions League dream ends in acquainted style

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Match statistics: Liverpool 0-0 Actual Madrid

Ultimately it was a bridge too far, even for Liverpool.

There was to be no Anfield miracle for Jurgen Klopp’s males. For the second season working they exit the Champions League by the hands of a staff from Madrid, having did not overturn a first-leg deficit on dwelling soil.

For Atletico 2020, learn Actual 2021.

Liverpool huffed they usually puffed, however they merely couldn’t blow the home down. It completed 0-0 on the evening, the Reds eradicated courtesy of that pricey 3-1 defeat within the Spanish capital eight days in the past.

That was the place the harm was completed. How Klopp will remorse the way in which his facet began that sport; passive, nervous, disorganised. How he’ll rue the way in which, having clawed their means again into the tie by way of Mohamed Salah’s away aim, they ceded management so shortly.

A 2-1 loss was manageable, however 3-1 was a killer, particularly with no twelfth man to roar them on again at Anfield.

So it proved, with Actual capable of stand up to the inevitable second-leg onslaught, and Liverpool unable to transform dominance into objectives.

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That they had a proper go, no less than. Their efficiency was ranges above the one we noticed in Madrid – though it needed to be, in all equity. Klopp couldn’t fault his gamers’ effort, their perception or their coronary heart.

Their ending, although? That is one other matter totally.

The possibilities got here, particularly within the first half, however none had been taken. Targets have been at a premium at Anfield of late, they usually couldn’t discover one right here, not to mention two.

Their ending was poor, with Salah and Gini Wijnaldum responsible of dangerous misses earlier than the break. Wijnaldum, specifically, could have nightmares about his.

Salah drew a save from Thibaut Courtois contained in the opening three minutes when he might need completed higher, and the previous Chelsea goalkeeper was at his highest quickly after, saving at full-stretch from James Milner, whose 25-yarder appeared destined for the highest nook.

Liverpool’s need was there, their urgent sharp and their aggression clear. Milner, chosen surprisingly forward of Thiago Alcantara in midfield, set the tone within the opening seconds, smashing into Karim Benzema firmly however pretty. Message despatched.

Actual struggled at instances in the course of the opening 45 minutes, unnerved by Liverpool’s tempo. Even the sensible Toni Kroos discovered his radar off, though Benzema noticed a cross-shot deflected towards the put up after a uncommon foray ahead.

When the half-time whistle blew, the tie was nonetheless there, though you suspected Klopp’s staff would remorse their misses, that they’d had their likelihood and blown it.

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So it proved. Liverpool continued to probe and pushed after the interval, however nothing got here off.

Courtois saved nicely from Roberto Firmino, Salah took too lengthy within the penalty space. Diogo Jota, despatched on as an alternative with Thiago, noticed a shot deflected into the side-netting, whereas the excellent Eder Militao, Sergio Ramos’ deputy, blocked from Firmino.

Liverpool stored going, however the jig was up lengthy earlier than the ultimate blast of referee Bjorn Kuipers’ whistle.

It was up, actually, earlier than they’d left Madrid.



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