Atletico Madrid shocks Liverpool, eliminates runaway EPL leaders from Champions League

What is a great season? What is a failed one?

Is it enough for Liverpool to win the Premier League for the first time in 30 years, a prospect that now seems mathematically inevitable? Or do the Reds need to repeat as European champions as well?

It seems churlish to expect both, given the inherent difficulty and rarity in accomplishing either.

But after Jurgen Klopp’s transcendent side lost its unbeaten status in the league to relegation-curious Watford two weekends ago, the goalposts were somehow moved on its Champions League expectations. Without an undefeated domestic campaign, a round of 16 elimination in Europe suddenly felt intolerable on the back of consecutive Champions League finals.

Liverpool knew this was real prospect going into Wednesday after a narrow first leg loss to Atletico Madrid. And after Gini Wijnaldum scored in the first half and Roberto Firmino seemingly won the game in extra time, another comeback victory seemed ordained.

But four minutes later, Marcos Llorente scored for Atleti. He would soon score again, and Alvaro Morata polished things off with a goal of his own for a 3-2 win on the night, 4-2 on aggregate.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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