Liverpool v Atletico Madrid ratings: Salah 8, Mane 8; Suarez 3, Felipe 1

Jurgen Klopp's side through to knockout stages of Champions League after comfortable victory

Liverpool booked their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with two matches to spare after a comfortable 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid.

This time there was no conceding of a two-goal lead as there had been in Madrid and at home to Brighton on Saturday after Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane’s first-half goals set up a record-equalling victory.

A harsh red card for Atleti defender Felipe for a challenge on Mane, who was targeted for 45 minutes before being substituted a half-time, aided the cause as Jurgen Klopp’s side made it four successive group wins for the first time.

Victory secured a 25th match unbeaten, equalling the Reds’ record as a football league club set between March and September 1982 under Bob Paisley.

More importantly it gave Klopp some much-needed breathing room in Europe as, with a seven-point cushion in group B, he can now afford to be more circumspect with his team selections.

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Updated: November 4th 2021, 3:27 AM
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