Marcos Llorente claims that Liverpool were “freaked out” by the way Atletico Madrid responded in their Champions League meeting.
Liverpool were denied the chance to retain their Champions League title when Atletico came from behind in extra time to seal a dramatic win at Anfield in the Round of 16 back in March.
Diego Simeone’s side had won the first leg but were forced into extra time when Liverpool matched their 1-0 scoreline at Anfield – and it was the Reds who struck first in the additional 30 minutes.
However, Llorente scored a brace to turn things back on their head before former Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata added another goal to confirm the exit for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Now, Llorente has shed more light on how Atletico won the battle not just tactically, but also psychologically.
“They started to put us in a position to attack and with the second goal we knew we had no choice but to go forward,” Llorente told Marca. “They had millions of chances and I think they believed they had done enough with the goals, but with our reaction they freaked out.
“On the first goal I lost the ball and squeezed the goalkeeper, who gave us the ball back. In the second, when Morata gave me the ball I looked behind and nobody was with me. I took the shot, I’m not used to being in those situations!”