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PAPERS: “A lot for the Group of Loss of life, eh?”

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There was a lot for the media to admire in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid, as Champions League knockout stage qualification was sealed in quickfire time.

Jurgen Klopp‘s staff made it 4 wins out of 4 in Group B, overcoming a tetchy Atletico facet at Anfield on Wednesday night time.

Diogo Jota opened the scoring after a fantastic Trent Alexander-Arnold cross, earlier than Sadio Mane fired house to double the Reds’ lead.

Felipe was sent-off for Atletico earlier than half-time and Klopp’s males cruised by way of the remainder of the proceedings, stretching their unbeaten run to 25 matches.

Right here’s a have a look at how the media reacted to Liverpool’s win.

 

Qualification for the last-16 was lauded, because the Reds produced a scintillating show…

Objective‘s Neil Jones was vastly impressed by the way by which Liverpool have cruised by way of a troublesome group:

“A lot for the Group of Loss of life, eh?

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“And to assume there have been some who panicked when the draw was made again in August. With Liverpool paired not solely with Atletico, but in addition AC Milan and Porto, the worry was that progress could be a wrestle.

“‘It wasn’t the draw we’d have picked,’ Klopp even admitted. His facet have made mild work of it ultimately.

“Positive, they needed to come from behind towards Milan on matchday one, and so they had been compelled to dig deep in Madrid final month, however this has been a show of actual energy from Liverpool. 4 video games, 4 wins, 13 objectives scored; thanks and goodnight.”

Ian Ladyman of the Each day Mail was one other who was left wowed by the standard on present:

“Jurgen Klopp’s European champions of 2019 appear to have a recognisable spirit and lustre about them within the membership’s favorite competitors this season and a fourth consecutive win that qualifies them two video games early from this stage seemed assured as soon as Diogo Jota and Mane blew them in to a different early lead at a raucous Anfield.

“It was, in reality, a shock there weren’t extra objectives. Liverpool weren’t at their most scientific and Atletico have a doughty goalkeeper in Jan Oblak of Slovenia. Even so the burden of Liverpool’s possession and possibilities – each earlier than and after the pink card – was such {that a} better margin at instances appeared inevitable.

“Not that they may fear. Liverpool are in to the knock out phases as group winners and that’s saying one thing on condition that the opposite two groups – Milan and Porto – sit joint high of their home leagues.”

The Telegraph‘s Jason Burt hailed the brilliance of this all-time nice Reds facet:

“Even when Liverpool are confronted with gamesmanship of the bottom stage, a darkish artwork that Atletico Madrid have perfected over time, they’re unstoppable.

“This was the sort of dismissively highly effective efficiency that the remainder of Europe will take discover of as Liverpool eased into the last-16 of the Champions League with two video games to spare. It was by no means unsure.

“In a gaggle that, in addition to the Spanish champions, additionally comprises AC Milan and Porto that’s a formidable feat, achieved with a 100 per cent file, whereas this was yet one more match with out dropping for Jurgen Klopp’s facet who’ve now equalled Liverpool’s file of 25 video games with out defeat in all competitions set in 1982 by the staff managed by Bob Paisley.”

 

Others had been entertained by a frantic encounter at Anfield…

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 4 game between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético de Madrid at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Melissa Reddy of the Unbiased described it as a ‘Netflix’ recreation:

“How a lot drama are you able to condense into one Champions League match? Liverpool and Atletico Madrid appear hellbent on cracking that poser, as soon as once more squeezing the motion of what felt like 5 encounters right into a sole, feverish fixture.

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“By the 36-minute mark at Anfield, there had been two objectives from the house facet and a straight pink for Felipe, which was some plot twist contemplating Diego Simeone’s males put numerous sweat into getting Sadio Mane despatched off, as that they had tried within the reverse fixture. And that was simply the beginning.

“Amid a thundering ambiance, this was very a lot Netflix – and really a lot with out the coolness.”

That is Anfield totally loved a night filled with niggly moments, as Liverpool received beneath their opponents’ pores and skin:

“From the outset, Liverpool seemed to provide nearly as good as they had been anticipating however hardly ever received from Atleti.

“Fabinho left knee behind Rodrigo De Paul after Henderson tripped the Argentine. An early Double staff.

“Sadio Mane clashed with Correa in the course of the park, and Diogo Jota made essentially the most of a problem by Koke which led to a reserving for the midfielder.

“Have been Atletico rattled? The referee was a bit card-happy, however they introduced it on themselves, exhibiting petulance that went towards their street-wise repute.

“The Felipe pink card appeared barely harsh, however once more it was a case of an Atleti participant dropping the plot in a second they may usually not even see yellow.”

 

People had been hailed, too, however Roberto Firmino’s harm was a adverse…

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 4 game between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético de Madrid at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Mirror‘s Ben Husband was filled with reward for the world-class Alexander-Arnold, who bagged each assists on the night time:

“If there’s a greater crosser of the ball in European soccer than Trent Alexander-Arnold, he’s definitely within the high two or three.

“The England full-back have to be a striker’s dream, the ball for the opener was nearly as good as a objective, leaving Jota with the simplest of finishes.

“His second for Mane was equally as pinpoint in a first-half show which underlined his credentials as one of the best full-back in world soccer.

“Atletico’s Kieran Trippier was above the Liverpool star when it got here to this summer season’s Euros, with a World Cup simply over 12 months in the past, that pecking order must be flipped.”

Jones was fearful about Firmino’s hamstring subject, nonetheless, admitting he’s unlikely to face West Ham on Sunday:

“Accidents stay Klopp’s largest concern, the factor almost certainly to scupper his staff’s possibilities of success this season. The subsequent six to eight weeks have to be negotiated with excessive care.

“The sight of Roberto Firmino strolling off within the second half, then, represents a significant fear.

“The Brazilian had solely come on at half-time, changing Mane, however lasted simply 33 minutes earlier than being compelled off. Firmino headed straight for the tunnel, and should on the very least be a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League journey to West Ham.”

Lastly, Karl Matchett of the Unbiased felt Fabinho‘s return was very important for the Reds:

“His absence had been an enormous issue of late for the Reds in conceding twice towards Brighton specifically, however even within the early phases of the Man United match when the house staff created openings.

“The No.3’s return to the facet towards the Spanish outfit was instantly noticeable: clattering right into a inclined Rodrigo de Paul, letting him know that possession of the midfield zone was not up for debate, then thundering into one other problem to clear the ball and cease a counter-attack.

“Each approaches, the snide and the sure, are obligatory on the high finish of the sport and with out him, Liverpool don’t possess one other with fairly the identical stage of potential to do both.

“It shouldn’t be thought-about that Fabinho solely introduced the darkish arts again to the Anfield pitch although, along with his passing vary a significant addition and his organisation on present as quickly as possession was squandered elsewhere.”

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