Liverpool Player Ratings vs Atletico Madrid: Champions League M03

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on October 19, 2021 - Last Updated on October 20, 2021

Going into the game in flying form, Liverpool aim to continue their perfect away record this season by defeating familiar foes Atletico Madrid in an important Champions League clash. It took some doing, but they did just that with a thrilling 3-2 win to continue their fantastic start to the season. 

The Reds took an early lead in the game in the 8th minute after Mo Salah cut into the middle and stuck a shot that was deflected into the back of the net! Naby Keita (!) then scored a brilliant volley to make it 2-0 in the 13th minute, putting his side in cruise control!

But Atletico Madrid put on the pressure and got one back in the 20th minute, when Antoine Griezmann flicked a long-ranger past a sea of bodies to make it 1-2. Griezmann then popped up again to score an impressive goal from close range in the 34th minute to make it 2-2!

LFC dominated 70% of the possession in the first half, but Atletico capitalized on their defensive errors to create a lot of chances – with Alisson’s heroics keeping the game level going into the break. 

Things took a dramatic turn early in the second half when Griezmann was sent off for a reckless high boot on Roberto Firmino in the 52nd minute. Atletico started crumbling under pressure and gave away a penalty in the 77th minute, which Salah brilliantly tucked away to make it 3-2!

Atletico had a late penalty denied by VAR and the Reds did well to hold onto the lead after that – getting a big win and their revenge over Diego Simeone’s side!

LFC now sit comfortably at the top of Group B and one more win should be enough to help seal qualification into the knockout stages. 3 more goals on the road, a commendable win & a momentum booster before the derby against Man United at the weekend!

Here are Liverpool player ratings vs Atletico Madrid for October 19, 2021.

Liverpool Player Ratings vs Atletico Madrid

Manager

Jurgen Klopp (7.0) – 

After watching his side demolish Watford at the weekend, Klopp went with the same starting XI in this one. But things weren’t as easy this time and he was almost made to pay for his mistake. LFC got opened up too many times in the first half and his imbalanced midfield line caused all the problems. 

Did well to take off Keita and bring in the more reliable Fabinho to stabilize things after the break. Kept his side motivated to continue grafting for the winner and got just that. Some impressive game-management and late subs helped see off a big win in which Klopp finally ousted Simeone’s negative tactics. 

Goalkeeper

Alisson (8.5) –

Alisson’s back into the lineup after missing the weekend’s game. Couldn’t do much for Griezmann’s effort but did brilliantly to deny him another in the 28th,  standing strong to deny him a goal from a 1v1 chance. Makes another brilliant dive to save Felix’s venomous attempt in the 40th. Saved his side from conceding 2-3 goals more in the first half. 

Things don’t improve in the second half, as he’s forced to make another great save to deny Atletico the lead in the 48th. If it weren’t for his clutch save, Liverpool were not winning this. 

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (5.0) –

Trent’s being put to work defensively and makes a clutch clearance in the 19th to deny a potential goal. Looks very uncomfortable defending against Thomas Lemar, being left wrong-footed on quite a few occasions. Trent didn’t have it easy with Atletico mounting so many attacks down his side and struggled to keep things quiet down his side. 

Virgil Van Dijk (5.0) –

Van Dijk will have a busy afternoon against Atletico’s unpredictable attackers today. Left scampering in the 28th minute after allowing Griezmann to go through on goal, but Alisson, fortunately, saved his blushes. Got totally spun by Griezmann and couldn’t stop him from scoring his second. Improved in the second half and did well to help LFC maintain the late lead. 

Joel Matip (5.5) – 

Bit unlucky not being able to clear Griezmann’s first goal off the line. But then gets caught out of position slightly in the second, leaving space open inside the box for Griezmann to score his second. Caught out of position on multiple occasions and sloppily overcommitted at times to allow Atletico to create chances. Did well winning the physical aerial duels, though. 

Andy Robertson (6.5) – 

Robbo gets a rather lucky assist for Salah’s goal. Powers a thunderous shot just over the bar in the 57th. Didn’t have it too easy defensively but did well to stop Trippier from sending in constant crosses into the box. Not his best, but a decent hard-working effort from the left-back. 

Midfielders

James Milner (5.0) –

Milner keeps his place after impressing in the last game. Produces a cheeky striker’s finish to guide Salah’s shot into the goal. Doesn’t get the goal himself – but at least he played a part in it! Seems to be struggling with the intensity of the game, being sloppy in possession. Misplaced many passes, made unnecessary fouls and couldn’t do much to keep the Atletico midfielders quiet. 

Jordan Henderson (6.5) – 

Henderson isn’t really being able to replicate Fabinho’s job perfectly in this one. Unable to properly shield his backline in the first half, seeing them left exposed on multiple occasions. Back to a more advanced midfield role after the break. Looked much more comfortable in an advanced position in the second half, helping his side control things and see off the game really well. 

Naby Keita (5.5) –

Keita caps off his impressive recent form with a brilliant strike, hitting an inch-perfect volley past Jan Oblak early on. Allowed Thomas Lemar to go past him too easily to help set up Griezmann’s goal. And then Joao Felix runs rings around him before assisting Griezmann’s second! Might’ve scored a great goal, but his poor defensive work & being overrun caused Keita to be subbed at half-time. 

Forwards

Sadio Mane (5.5) – 

Mane’s a lucky man not to be punished severely after seemingly elbowing Kieran Trippier in the 16th. Showcasing some nice movement but can’t seem to get the better of Trippier yet. Tests Oblak with an impressive header in the 47th. That was about the only danger he posed in front of goal and was taken off after the hour-mark. 

Roberto Firmino (6.0) –

After scoring a hattrick against Watford, can Firmino continue his goal-scoring heroics here? Doing a decent job with his pressing but couldn’t get a shot on goal in the first half. Very lucky that Griezmann’s high boot didn’t cause him much harm. Helped create a few decent chances but Bobby wasn’t as lethal as he was at the weekend. 

Mo Salah (8.5) –

Salah’s in ‘best in the world’ form right now, having scored 10 goals in his last 10. Makes a great run dancing past multiple players to cut into the middle before his shot is fortunately deflected into the goal. Causing real trouble with his movement. Shows balls of steel in coolly scoring the penalty to put his side back in the lead in the second half. 

Another brace in another UCL game for him. Tormented Atletico all game long and helped win another game for his side. Another ‘best in the world’ display. 

Substitutions

Fabinho (7.0) –

Already seems a big upgrade over Henderson in the DM role, making a great interception minutes after coming on. Brilliantly protected his backline after coming on, winning 5 duels and making 2 tackles in the second half. Helped moved the ball forward quickly & maintain composure in his half till the end. 

Diogo Jota (6.5) –

Did well to win the penalty for his side by drawing a cynical foul from Mario Hermoso. Quite lucky not to give away a penalty minutes after that. A rather proactive cameo from the forward – which could see him start at Old Trafford!

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (6.0) –

Nearly makes instant impact minutes after coming on, playing a nice one-two with Salah before hitting a thunderous shot at Oblak. An energetic figure in midfield and played some nice passes in the final third. 

Joe Gomez (N/R) –

Helped his side see off the game and stopped crosses coming in from the right-wing. 

Neco Williams (N/R) –

Williams got his first UCL outing of the season late on. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

Salah and Alisson were both fantastic, playing huge roles in ensuring the win. But without Alisson’s world-class saves, LFC probably wouldn’t have been in the game after the first half. So he definitely gets the MOTM for another brilliant display in goal. 

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