Liverpool’s Champions League hopes hang in the balance after they were dealt with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Wanda Metropolitano.

Saul Niguez scored the only goal of the game, where the team with more passion ended up winners.

After a scrappy start, Atleti scored from their first corner. A near-post cross wasn’t defended by the Reds and Niguez was on hand to tap his effort in from a couple of yards.

Thereafter, it was an exercise of the home side defending deep and the visitors having the majority of possession but not creating enough chances to get back into the game.

Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah had half-chances in either half, however, the former pulled his effort wide and the latter’s attempt was heroically blocked off.

Alvaro Morata had a clear sight of goal late on to make it two for the Spanish team, but the former Chelsea man slipped at the opportune moment.

All in all, a disappointing performance from Liverpool, who now have it all to do in the return leg at Anfield in three weeks time.

Here’s how we rated Jurgen Klopp’s men: