The Champions League is back!
However, unfortunately for Liverpool, they were defeated in the first leg of their last 16 tie with Atletico Madrid, Saul Niguez scoring the only goal of the game after just four minutes.
Liverpool? Losing? It is possible?!
Well, before we get to that, let's rewind to the start. Before a ball had even been kicked, there were high expectations....
The hosts made a bright start to the game, with Alvaro Morata imposing himself on the Liverpool defence.
And within four minutes, Jurgen Klopp's men found themselves 1-0 down. Saul was on hand following a corner to poke home, sparking wild celebrations inside the stadium.
This is an Atletico team that have scored four goals in seven matches in all competitions. But the hosts started well and as for Liverpool, well, they were slow to get going. As a result, they were punished.
Not the start Reds fans were hoping for, nor the start they were expecting either...
It was an unfamiliar position for Liverpool and although they were behind, one fan was keen to point out how they overturned a certain first leg deficit in the competition last season...
The Reds began to see more of the ball, but Atleti continued to carve through Liverpool throughout the first half.
Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and others were all guilty of making uncharacteristic mistakes - it was not what Liverpool fans have become used to seeing and frustrations were beginning to grow...
What a match for VVD to be wobbly in defence, the midfield to go missing and TAA to leave his crossing boots in Liverpool! #ATMLIV— Giles™️ (@angrysaffa) February 18, 2020
What a real shsme this is today! We’ve allowed this lot to get ahead and the crowd to get up! We’ve bossed the ball but really created nothing and Salah, VVD and TAA very slack tonight! Our lack of chances is concerning! #ATMLIV— G Dog (@GHL72) February 18, 2020
Atleti did come close to opening the scoring early in the second period, but Liverpool were once again beginning to turn the screw.
More defending for the hosts to do...
When it looked like Atletico were beginning to show signs of fatigue, Simeone's men raced forward and should have made it 2-0.
However, as the ball came into the box, Morata slipped and fell onto the ball, allowing the away side the chance to clear their lines.
We can’t lose to a team that have Morata as their main striker 🤦🏼♂️🤦🏼♂️— Mààlöö Jr (@DeackDuale) February 18, 2020
Despite their best efforts, the champions of Europe struggled to test Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal and, in the end, as the full time whistle blew, they had failed to register a single shot on target. A defeat and no goals.
It was very unlike Liverpool...
FT. Frustrating game to say the least. More to say about their defending than anything else in the whole 90 mins, not even their goal. Anyway, see you lot at Anfield. Up the Reds. 🔴 #LFC #YNWA #ATMLIV #UCL— Anfield Clang (@AnfieldClang) February 18, 2020
Gentle reminder that Liverpool had 0 shot on target against out of form Athletico. #ATMLIV— Ademola Adebayo (@Ademola_Host) February 18, 2020
Such away performances have been a trend last two seasons. Today isn't a rare day.— Man of Justice (@SuperGops) February 18, 2020
Its something klopp needs to seriously look into.
Can't always bank on Anfield, some day it wont work. Was surprised Keita didn't come on as sub. Nothing came centrally #lfc #ATMLIV
@Atleti defended great, but in truth we just had a terrible day up front. Disjointed and slow. We should improve and hopefully the refereeing improves too for the second leg! Focus is back on winning the @premierleague #AtletiLFC #ATMLIV— Pav (@PavanGrewal) February 18, 2020
Fairly safe to say that was our worst performance this season #ATMLIV— Chris Greer (@ChrisGFC1989) February 18, 2020
Still, you don't exactly have to look very far back to find the last time Liverpool were able to overturn a first leg deficit at Anfield against a Spanish opposition, do you?