Kieran Trippier explains Atletico Madrid’s secrets to beating Liverpool

Kieran Trippier admitted Atletico Madrid set out to frustrate their opponents as they sent Liverpool crashing out of the Champions League.

The Spanish team scored three goals in extra time at Anfield to win the last 16 tie 4-2 on aggregate and send Jurgen Klopp’s team out.

The European champions had looked on course to overturn their first leg deficit after taking the lead in the tie early on in the first period of extra time.

But an Adrian blunder allowed Atletico to level the aggregate scores before they netted two more before the end to win 3-2 on the night.

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Trippier, who is playing his first season with the La Liga side after his move from Tottenham last summer, insisted after the game that the plan was to frustrate their hosts.

He told BT Sport: “We knew it was going to be very difficult but we needed to stay defensively strong and try and frustrate Liverpool as much as we could. We knew that we'd get our chances if we beat the press of Firmino, Salah and Mane.

"Liverpool are very strong at home, I've played them so many times in the Premier League (to know that) but we knew we'd get our chances and it was about being clinical in those moments and we were.

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"The way we play is the way we train. He's [Diego Simeone] like this on the touchline in training, it's a joy to learn from him every day and work with him. I knew I needed a change and when a club like Atletico Madrid come in for you, you can't say no. I'm learning new things every day.

"You've seen how defensively strong Atletico have been over the years and we were again tonight. The substitutes that came on made a big impact for us.

"There are some fantastic teams in the competition. We will focus on ourselves and who knows what will happen at the end of the season."

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The result means Klopp’s European run since taking over at Liverpool comes to an end.

He had not lost a two legged European tie with the Merseyside club since joining in 2015.

Liverpool will now have to focus solely on the Premier League as they look to win their first league title in 30 years.

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