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Liverpool seek home comforts after Atletico wake-up call
Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid celebrates 1-0 during the UEFA Champions League match between Atletico Madrid v Liverpool at the Estadio Wanda, Metropolitano, Madrid Spain on Wednesday. Photo: Collected

Liverpool seek home comforts after Atletico wake-up call

Liverpool's return to the scene of their Champions League triumph last season was not a happy one.A 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday leaves the European champions relying on another Anfield comeback to progress, reports AFps.Jurgen Klopp's men famously thrashed Barcelona 4-0 in their last knockout tie at home to overturn a 3-0 deficit in last season's semi-finals.There is no need for such a dramatic turnaround when Atletico visit on March 11. But after being frustrated by how an intense atmosphere at the Wanda Metropolitano affected the performance of Polish referee Szymon Marciniak, Klopp is keen to harness the power of Anfield."We speak from time to time (about) the power of Anfield and the power of a stadium and what a stadium can have, tonight we saw it," said Klopp."The whole stadium only wanted a result, the stadium was not here for seeing sensational football. They wanted a result and they got the result, so they are now happy in this moment and we are not."Liverpool were unhappy at the award of a throw-in which led to Saul Niguez's fourth-minute opener, while Klopp replaced Sadio Mane at half-time for fear Atletico's play-acting would earn the Senegalese star a second yellow card.Defeat was just the Reds' second all season with a senior team. A near flawless Premier League campaign has them 25 points clear at the top of the table and romping towards a first league title in 30 years.The Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup have also been won along the way, but there is a pattern in...

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