Atletico Madrid were one a rare amount of teams to record a win over Liverpool this season.
The Spanish side recorded a 1-0 win over the runaway league leaders in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, with midfielder Saul Niguez’s early goal proving to be the difference between the two teams as Liverpool were unable to break down the famous Atletico defence.
It was just Liverpool’s third defeat in all competitions so far this season, after a defeat to Napoli in the group stage and a loss to Aston Villa in the EFL Cup quarter final.
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Atletico will now look to hold onto the advantage in the second leg at Anfield in a few weeks.
Former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was named in the starting lineup for Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, but it was another ex-Chelsea man who entered the field in the second half who had Blues’ fans talking.
Diego Costa played the final 20 minutes of the game after replacing Vitolo. The Spaniard has scored two goals and provided three assists in 16 appearances so far this season.
The 31-year-old made 120 appearances for the Blues between summer 2014 and January 2018, scoring 58 goals and providing 24 assists.
His appearance for Atletico against Liverpool had Chelsea fans thinking ‘what if’.
Frank Lampard was desperate for striking reinforcements over the January transfer window, but didn’t manage to bring any new faces to Stamford Bridge during the month.
The Blues were without main striker Tammy Abraham against Manchester United due to an ankle injury he has been struggling with.
Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are the cover for the England international, however, both were linked with a move away from the club during January.