Klopp takes pop at Atletico tactics after Liverpool's Champions League exit

Jurgen Klopp aimed a dig at Diego Simeone’s tactics after Atletico Madrid knocked his Liverpool side out of the Champions League.

Trailing 1-0 after the first leg in Spain, Liverpool were beaten 3-2 at Anfield on Wednesday as their hopes of winning back-to-back European titles were ended.

The Premier League champions-elect led 2-0 through goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino, but Atletico bounced back and took advantage of an Adrian howler to go through.

Speaking after the defeat, Klopp told BT Sport: ‘I am completely happy with the performance. It’s so difficult to play a side like this.

‘When I see players like Llorente, Koke, Saul… they could play proper football but they stand deep in their own half and have counter-attacks.

‘But they beat us so we accept that and congratulate them.’

Klopp, whose Liverpool side are 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League, added: ‘We accept it of course but it doesn’t feel right tonight.

‘I realise I am a really bad loser, especially when the boys put such an effort in against world class players on the other side who defend with two rows of four.

‘We know in the last two years we had some lucky moments in the Champions League, you have to, to reach two finals, but today it was everything was against us in the decisive moments.’

Reds captain Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, said: ‘Obviously we were really disappointed with that result.

‘I thought overall our performance was good, our intensity was good as we spoke about before the game. We put everything into that game so we are bitterly disappointed especially with the goals we conceded.

‘We were largely pleased with our performance tonight but those goals were disappointing.

‘We deserved to go through based on the whole performance, so we are obviously very disappointed.

‘All we can focus on is our performance level, and to have conceded those goals isn’t like us. We’re disappointed but we’ll take it on the chin.’

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