The Reds’ rally to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League collapsed in the unlikeliest of circumstances after they fell to a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid at Anfield.

The must-win match started positively, recharged and refocused with greater pace and purpose. Jurgen Klopp’s side pinned the visitors back and piled on the pressure. The Spanish side dropped deep and defended as expected.

Just before the break, Gini Wijnaldum rose to head home a lofted cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It was exactly what the Reds needed. Liverpool were in control.

The second half started as the first. Liverpool picked up where they left off and pushed Atletico deep into their own end, pinning them under the Kop.

The pressure continued and the Reds ran Diego Simeone’s side ragged. From the 75th minute on the visitors were just hanging on and looking shattered, but the Reds could not finish off the tie.

In a cruel twist, it would come back to haunt them.

While Roberto Firmino would give Liverpool an aggregate lead in the 94th minute, the extra-time goal would prove a false dawn.

Just minutes later, Adrian would give the ball away in the centre of the pitch and Atletico would make him pay with the all-important away goal.

Needing to score once again, Liverpool pushed bravely but would be punished two more times and lose their first European match in 26 at Anfield. The disappointment will sting but the first league title in three decades awaits.

Here are our ‘Four Findings’ from the match.