Protecting a lead and breaking on the counter is a hallmark of the Rojiblancos' style under their Argentine boss, but some aren't impressed.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has doubled down on his assessment that his old club deserved to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League ahead of Atletico Madrid, criticising Diego Simeone's defensive approach after they dumped the Reds out of Europe.

Still, Owen believes Liverpool remain the best team in Europe despite their Champions League exit, stating shortly after the match that Atletico's players will have felt starstruck after doing the double over the reigning champions.

He said on BT Sport: “Madrid players there will sit down in their dressing room and look at each other and say ‘Oh my word, how good were that team that we've just beaten there? We've never played anything like that'. Liverpool blew them away for 90 minutes.” Continue reading

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