Liverpool are excluded from the Champions League this season, although when – and even if – the rest of the tournament is over is currently uncertain.
Reds fans were desperate to see their team advance in the competition as holders, and Jurgen Klopp’s team could easily have done without the combination of missed opportunities, an excellent goalkeeper Jan Oblak and of a costly mistake from Adrian.
This may well be a little consolation if the competition continues, but the Reds could enjoy the benefits of playing Atletico Madrid this week in the future, despite the difficult result.
Once again, Anfield’s power was brought to light, with suggestions that he would be a corrected myth again.
Full time, even if Diego Simeone and his players were victorious, they had a hard time praising what was a lovely and captivating European night in L4.
Like so many opponents before them, they had no reason to do it, but chose anyway, showing the impact that a visit to the famous stadium had on them.
As Ian Doyle explained in the last Blood Red podcast: “Simeone said afterwards that the atmosphere was incredible.
“Some players too – Joao Felix said ‘I know I shouldn’t really be saying that, but when Liverpool scored, I was looking around the stadium’ wow ‘”.
“It’s interesting. I’m not saying we take Anfield for granted, but when these players come and see what it is, they don’t all say it for the effect.”
“Sometimes we underestimate the power.
“Felix is 19, he’s a young boy. And if five years later, Atletico looked like he wanted to sell him and Liverpool was for him? He will remember that night.”
“Liverpool lost, but that sort of thing may have an advantage in the years to come, because it is building that” brand “and what Anfield can look like.”
If one of these Atletico players interested Liverpool in the coming seasons, Wednesday evening will have made a more than decent first impression.
The Reds hope their season will resume on April 5 with a trip to Etihad Stadium.
As it stands, they could win the Premier League if they won this match, although there is no guarantee that it will happen on that date, with the Coronavirus situation still evolving.
UEFA will meet on Tuesday to discuss what will happen next with the Champions League, as next week’s meetings, including Manchester City against Real Madrid, have already been postponed.