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Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid: Player ratings as Jan Oblak shines in Champions League last-16 tie

The two sides met in the Champions League knockout stages at Anfield

Mark Critchley
Wednesday 11 March 2020 22:25 GMT
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Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak punches the ball
Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak punches the ball (AFP/Getty)

Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League after Atletico Madrid produced a smash-and-grab performance to knock out the holders at Anfield.

The reigning champion Reds went ahead on aggregate when Georginio Wijnaldum headed home just before half-time.

Goalkeeper Jan Oblak repelled everything during waves of sustained pressure before Roberto Firmino looked to have scored the all-important winner in extra-time.

But substitute Marcos Llorente first profited from an Adrian mistake to score the first away goal before stroking home a second.

Fellow sub Alvaro Morata wrapped things up with the last kick of the match to send Atletico through 4-2 on aggregate.

Here’s how every player rated:

Liverpool:

Adrian – 4 out of 10

Awful howler in extra-time to give Atletico their first priceless away goal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

Exceptional in possession. A constant threat on the right-hand side.

Joe Gomez – 6

Solid at the back as Atletico rarely threatened in normal time.

Virgil van Dijk – 7

Led the back four superbly as ever.

Andrew Robertson – 7

A menace down the left. Went close to scoring in second-half when header crashed off the bar.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

Busy in the middle of the park as Liverpool searched for goals.

Jordan Henderson – 7

The skipper marshalled the midfield well on his return to the side.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 8

Took his first-half goal with aplomb to give Liverpool an all-important foothold in the tie.

Mohamed Salah – 6

Flitted in and out in attack but was always dangerous. Kept Lodi honest throughout. Wasted late chance in normal time.

Roberto Firmino – 7

A quieter night for the Brazilian before scoring second goal in extra-time.

Sadio Mane – 7

A constant threat and looked likeliest to score for the hosts as ever.

Liverpool hosted Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening (PA)

Atletico Madrid

Jan Oblak - 9 Man of the Match

An outstanding performance from first to last for the Slovenian as he almost single-handedly kept Liverpool at bay at times.

Kieran Trippier - 6

Struggled to get forward as Liverpool penned Atletico back.

Stefan Savic - 7

Held his own well against Liverpool’s vaunted front three.

Felipe – 7

Headed everything as well as organising the back four impeccably.

Renan Lodi - 6

Much like Trippier, struggled offensively but held his own against Salah on Liverpool’s right.

Angel Correa - 7

Typically busy and bought timely free-kicks time and again.

Saul Niguez - 7

Another excellent midfield performance despite having less of the ball than normal. Went close from halfway in the second-half.

Thomas Partey - 6

Energetic display in the middle of the park alongside Saul.

Koke- 6

Did his defensive work diligently but failed to make huge impact when in possession.

Diego Costa – 6

A characteristically angry if not especially effective performance. Came in half-fit and looked like it.

Joao Felix – 7

Showed flashes of his quality on the rare occasions Atletico forayed into Liverpool’s final third.

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