Atletico hero trolls Liverpool with callback to Champions League humbling

Date published: Sunday 5th April 2020 5:08

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente has taken one final swipe at Liverpool after revealing the name of his new dog in honour of his two-goal performance.

The Reds succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat in the away first leg, but returned to Anfield with hopes high of turning the tie around and progressing through to the quarter finals.

Jurgen Klopp’s side looked on course to do just that after goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino handed them a narrow advantage, but a quickfire double from Llorente sunk the Reds’ chances of progression.

Not known for his goalscoring exploits having notched just six goals in his senior career before that night, Llorente, clearly pleased with his showing, revealed via Instagram his parting shot.

The caption to his post of his new pug staring out into the distance read: “Anfield viendo la vida pasar,” translated into English as Anfield (the dog’s name) watching life go by.

The defeat brought to an end the spectacular run of European form Liverpool had experienced over the past three years after making back-to-back finals in 2018 and 2019

Following the victory, Llorente revealed he always had faith the fiery and tigerish Atleti could pull off the upset.

“We knew we were going to have our chances,” said the 25-year-old (via the Mirror).

“Faith is part of Atletico Madrid’s DNA, you always have to believe. I remembered all my family, all those who have supported me at all times and all my teammates.”

 

Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has joined a number of ex-players in turning on Liverpool over their coronavirus stance.

The Premier League leaders became the fifth top-flight club to announce they have furloughed some non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool are following Tottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich in turning to the government’s job retention scheme during the suspension of the Premier League, a decision which impressed neither Carragher nor Collymore.

Carragher retweeted the club’s statement and wrote: “Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in @premierleague players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC”

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