5 talking points as Liverpool crash out of Europe to Atletico Madrid

Liverpool have crashed out of the Champions League after a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Gini Wijnaldum opened the scoring on the night when he headed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross into the ground and past Jan Oblak in the Atletico Madrid goal.

Liverpool missed a clutch of opportunities to bury the game with Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all guilty of passing up chances.

Roberto Firmino put Liverpool in front in the tie for the first time when he headed Wijnaldum's cross on to the post before finishing the rebound.

But an Adrian howler allowed Marcos Llorente to strike and he doubled his tally before half-time in extra-time to seal Atletico's progression.

Alvaro Morata capped the comeback by scoring the winner on the night in the dying minutes.

Here are five taking points from Anfield…

1. Wijnaldum loves an Anfield Champions League header

Given the hysteria of Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner and Divock Origi's winner against Barcelona last season – it's easy to forget it was Gini Wijnaldum that turned the game on its head.

He scored two goals in as many minutes – the second of which a brilliant header – and he repeated the feat here to threaten another comeback.

This time it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's ball in that Wijnaldum got his full forehead on – into the ground and past Jan Oblak.

Liverpool have several players you would consider key to their success – and the Dutchman is certainly one of them.

2. Elite Oblak shows his class

Liverpool would have been out of sight if it wasn't for Jan Oblak in the Atletico net.

He made a string of brilliant saves to keep his side in the tie and showed just why he has established himself among the world's elite.

Liverpool have their own keeper who can stake a claim for being the best in the world – unfortunately he wasn't in goal tonight – but Oblak is surely one of his most serious challengers for that accolade.

He did not deserve to go out of Europe this evening – and Marcos Llorente made sure that wasn't the case in extra-time.

3. Costa gon' Costa

This was a vintage Diego Costa display… just without the being good at football part.

He was lucky to escape a booking for throwing the ball away early in the piece, but it only served to rile the home fans into giving him stick before he was hooked in the second half.

There were huge cheers as his number came off on the fourth official's board from the Kop and Costa trudged off shaking his head.

He then threw a tantrum as he got back to the bench with Liverpool fans seated behind the dugouts giving him plenty.

Never change, Diego.

4. Liverpool squander chance after chance

This should have been so, so comfortable for Liverpool.

Even without the brilliance of Jan Oblak, the Reds were uncharacteristic in the number of times they missed the target altogether.

Andy Robertson squandered the best opportunity, heading off the crossbar from six yards with the goal at his mercy, but several of his colleagues were also guilty.

Sadio Mane lashed two acrobatic efforts over the top, while Mo Salah did brilliantly to fashion a huge opening in the final minutes of normal time, only to curl wide of the top corner.

5. Adrian howler sends Atletico on their way

Oh, Adrian.

He was the hero for Liverpool in Europe earlier this season when he helped them beat Chelsea in the Super Cup, but he was the villain here.

His clearance – straight to an Atletico player – put him right in trouble and Marcos Llorente's strike went into the corner of the goal with the Liverpool keeper seemingly reluctant to stick out his arm and attempt a save.

Llorente doubled his tally before half-time in extra-time to compound the Reds' misery, before Morata put the cherry on top of the cake.

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