Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid Champions League HIGHLIGHTS: Mane and Jota put Liverpool on top of the Group

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid: Welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Champions League clash at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England.

With 31 goals in the Champions League, Mohammed Salah is currently Liverpool's highest goal scorer in the competition ever.   -  Action Images via Reuters

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League being played at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England.

This was Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the minute-by-minute updates.

That was all for the night. Thanks for tuning in, Goodnight and take care.

With the win, Klopp's side go top of Group B and the English side defeats a Spanish team for the first time in Group stage at home in the Champions League. (READ MATCH REPORT)

Full time

Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid

90+4' Shot! Trippier's shot is nowhere near the target as Simeone looks frustrated and exhausted now

Substitution for Liverpool as Nat Phillips gets on for Trent Alexander-Arnold

90+2' Yellow card for Matip as he takes down Cunha. Trippier will take the free kick

90+1' Chance! Hermoso takes a shot as the ball flies past the target.

90' Four minutes of stoppage time added! The match look to be finishing in Liverpool's favour with just four minutes left

89' Liverpool keeping the back wall intact as the men in blue, Atletico Madrid, continue to fail in finding cracks in the red defence

87' Save! Jordan Henderson takes a shot from outside the box, but Oblak saves it comfortably

85' Yellow Card for Jota as his attempted overhead kick hits the Trippier's head

83' Anfield sings Mo Salah! Mo Salah, but will the Egyptian King score? Not yet for sure as Atletico clear the ball out again

82' Liverpool tries a cross to Salah, but Oblak intercepts it well to have have it in his control

80' Liverpool going for control rather than attack. It has 510 passes to Atletico's 180, says volumes about the team's playmaking ability tonight

79' Another Sub. Minamino comes on for Oxlade-Chamberlain

75' Substitution for both the teams! Firmino subbed off for Origi for Liverpool. Serrano is subbed on for Correa for Atletico Madrid

74' Miss! An error from Thiago exposes Liverpool as Herrera gets an open space to take the shot, but fails to hit the target

73' Cunha tries to cut in from the right, is stopped and then his cross is cleared by Van Dijk for an Atletico corner

71' 20 minutes to go! Tsimikas to Thiago, but Rodrigo de Paul clears the ball out of danger

69' Double Substitution for Atletico Madrid! Vrsaljko is subbed on for Carrasco and Cunha replaces Koke

68' A corner for Liverpool, but the ball is cleared away and Liverpool starts again

66' A resounding Anfield crowd and a hapless Torres sits watching. The Spaniard has had memorable spells with both the clubs

64' Carrasco's cross for a set piece goal, but Alisson was ready to catch it out of danger

63' Shot! Virgil Van Dijk takes a long ranger which whizzes past the target. Liverpool attacking with everything it has, in spite of its lead

62' Liverpool penetrate the channels and pushes the ball into Atletico's box, which is kicked out by Oblak

60' Substitution for Liverpool! Thiago is subbed on for Fabinho

59' Substitution! Suarez is off for Hector Herrera and Felix goes off for Renan Lodi.

57' NO GOAL !!!! Suarez's shot goes in as Alissonis surprised after a deflection from Matip, but the goal is ruled out offside

56' In the last ten minutes, Liverpool is just attack after attack after attack. Simeone's face looks extremely nervous because Liverpool is dominating the game well

53' Miss! Liverpool's corner met well by Matip, but a poor shot keeps the score at two goals only

52' Anfield sings along as Liverpool runs forward. Salah cuts in from the left, tries to beat Oblak, but fails. The ball ricochets, yet Jota cannot put it in the net

48' NO GOAL!!!!Jota on a one-to-one with Oblak as the striker puts his second into the net, but the goal is ruled out due to an off-side after a recheck

Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid

47' Liverpool enjoying possession yet again as Salah takes a shot which is blocked by Hermoso

Second Half begins!

Half time!

Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid

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45+2' Matip to Arnold to Tsimikas. Mane then takes it to Arnold and then to Salah who passes to Henderson. Henderson's poor cross goes past the target

45' Oblak pushing the men forward, and his kick goes out for a throw. Atletico crosses the ball to the left but Carrasco fails to land it well

Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the ball in the middle of the park on the other end to take a shot which goes off target

42' Chance! A cross from Tsimikas just missed by Jota. A proper connection would have taken Liverpool well and truly above its visitor

41' Liverpool sits at the top of his group for now. Salah takes a left footed shot that is saved by Oblak.

39' Bookings one after the other. Koke and Suarez get into the book with a yellow card each. Atletico losing its focus eventually

36' Red Card for Felipe! His challenge on Mane is penalized with a straight red

34' Salah takes control of the ball again, makes a run, but is stopped in his tracks by the Atletico defence

33' Another through pass from Alexander-Arnold, but this was too much for Salah as Oblak gets the ball again

31' Mane makes a run along the right, but a challenge on Mane by Felipe, again ignored by the referee. The fans are furious

30' Salah makes a run along the right. Hermoso marks cautiously as the Egyptian marches on fearlessly, but Oblak takes control of the ball. Danger averted for now

28' A kick on Mane's calf not acknowledged by the referee as the players protest. He looked to be in some pain, but he gets back to the field eventually

26' Atletico's corner punched away by Alisson as Suarez tries to control the ball amidst boos from the Liverpool fans

25' Atletico try to build as attack, but Felix's ball cleared by Tsimikas. Klopp's boys have taken a comfortable lead now

21' GOOOOOOOOAAALLLL!!!! Alexander-Arnold's ball met perfectly by Mane who buries the ball into the net

Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid

 

20' Alexander-Arnold's ball just too much for Salah as the ball goes out for a goal kick. A win here will take Liverpool at the top of its group

18' A cross from Mane is met by Gimenez and eventually stopped by Oblak. Liverpool looking for more now

17' Liverpool enjoying a higher possession with higher number of passes as well.  Liverpool dominating in the opposition half.

13' GOOAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Jota puts Liverpool in front

Liverpool 1-0 Atletico Madrid

 

12' Corner for Atletico Madrid as Suarez's pass is deflected out. An aerial ball follows, which Correa tries to cross but misses any player whatsoever

11' Liverpool has never beaten a Spanish club in the group stage at Anfield in the Champions League

10' Fabinho comes to Liverpool's rescue as Rodrigo tries to stitch in a pass

8' Yellow Card! Hermoso's challenge on Salah brings him into the book

7' Tsimikas collides with Trippier as the latter goes to the ground. No cards involved, but the referee gives the Liverpool lad a warning

6' Luis Suarez greeted with some resounding boos as he returns to Anfield. Atletico on the attack, but Matip marks Suarez well

4' The match looks to go on in the midfield, while Atletico tries to build something, but the ball is gobbled up by Alisson who send the ball back into play

1:30 Kick Off!

The host starts from right to left with the visitor starting from the other end.

 

1:27 am: The Players are out on the field and flags and banners illuminate Liverpool's home for the Champions League Fixture.

Let the Game begin!

1:15 am: 15 Minutes for the match to begin!

We are almost there. The players, the managers, the fans are all in the stadium as the environment heats up for a tight battle. The last time Simeone's men were here, the match was a thrilling 3-2 win for Atletico Madrid.

 

1:05 am: 25 Minutes to Kick off!

Mohamed Salah has netted 13 goals in 20 Champions League matches at Anfield, while Atletico Madrid has lost one of the last six away games in Europe against English opposition.

With odds well stacked against one another, the match is set to be an exciting contest. as the players come out to warm up.

 

12:40 am: 50 Minutes to Kick off!

For Atletico Madrid, including extra-time, seven out of our last nine away goals in the European competition have been scored after the 84th minute.

This includes three extra-time goals at Anfield in March 2020 and Luis Suárez’s 97th-minute winner at AC Milan.

It remains to be seen whether Simeone's boys repeat a similar result here as well.

12:25 am: Almost an hour to Kick-off!

Liverpool has lost just two of its last 22 Champions League home fixtures since Jurgen Klopp took over (15 wins and five draws). But the last time Atletico Madrid played at anfiedl, it won 3-2.

12:10 am: Confirmed Line-Ups:

Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah, Jota

Atletico Madrid Starting XI: Oblak, Gimenez, Felipe, Trippier, Hermoso, Carrasco, Koke, Rodrigo, Correa, Suarez, Felix

 

The host will be in its signature Red Kit while Simeone's men will start in their blue kit after a loss at home.

Match Preview

Jurgen Klopp said on Tuesday he was looking forward to Liverpool safely hosting Atletico Madrid with fans after the spectre of coronavirus hung over their Champions League clash last year.

The teams met in front of a full crowd at Anfield on March 11, 2020, with 3,000 travelling Atletico fans attending, even though the Covid-19 pandemic had already begun to sweep across Europe. Klopp opposed holding the game at the time, which proved to be the last top level football match held in England for three months.

Reds fans will pack Anfield on Wednesday after the U.K.’s mass vaccination programme facilitated the unrestricted return of spectators to sporting venues in England.

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“The world turned upside down. Not sure we could have imagined it, though we all had a sense that something interesting could happen. I didn’t know to what extent that night,” the Liverpool manager said.

“It was the one game, when I thought about it later, which I never thought about like a football game.”

Diego Simeone’s Atletico won 3-2 after extra time to record a 4-2 aggregate victory against the then defending European champion but lost to Leipzig in the quarterfinals.

Liverpool got some measure of revenge with a 3-2 win in the Spanish capital two weeks ago and is well on course for the last 16 with maximum points from its opening three games in Group B. “We were so happy when we qualified for the Champions League last year because we knew we would have nights like this,” Klopp added.

“So now a night like this is coming and we should celebrate it in a football way together with our supporters.”

Another win against Los Colchoneros would qualify Liverpool for the knockout stages with two games to spare. Guinea’s Naby Keita and James Milner are sidelined with hamstring injuries but Klopp confirmed midfielders Thiago and Fabinho are in contention to play after returning to training.

(via AFP)

Where can you watch?

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