Liverpool were knocked out of last season’s Champions League by Atletico Madrid.

A 1-0 loss in Spain was followed up by a 3-2 extra time defeat at Anfield during the last sixteen.

In between the two legs, the global pandemic began to set in and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has relived his memories of the situation to documentary ‘At the End of the Storm’, via AS.

He has shared his thoughts before and after the game, including how quickly he put the game into perspective.

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“I woke up on Monday morning to the news that Madrid had closed schools and universities,” said Klopp. “We had a very important Champions League game against Atlético and 6,000 fans were going to come.

“It didn’t make any sense. “It was a very complicated night to prepare. We played a good game, but we lost it and we were eliminated. I remember that I was very angry about the way Atlético played.

“But five minutes later, after the interviews, I said to myself: ‘You’re an idiot, you’re worried about losing a football game while the world is in its darkest moment.’ The most difficult it has ever had to face.”

Klopp comes across as incredibly down to earth and it’s no real surprise he was able to keep perspective so soon after a huge disappointment.

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Losing their European crown was a big blow for Liverpool, but the circumstances offered some mitigation.

Not that Klopp was making excuses, but it’s clear that there was more than football in mind that night.

Liverpool went on to scoop the Premier League and have the Champions League in their sights again this season.

A hectic fixture schedule and a mounting injury list could provide barriers to success, but there don’t look to be many outstanding sides in Europe right now – apart from holders Bayern Munich.

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