Liverpool conceded an early goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League through Saul, and unfortunately for the Reds, that was the only goal scored throughout the game.
Though we agree that it was not the start we expected from the reigning Champions of Europe and arguably the best team in the world right now, however, it was something else that has left Liverpool fans fuming on social media.
To say that Atletico players were diving all over the place will be an understatement. They were shamelessly over-exaggerating absolutely everything.
The game really could do without the theatrics and playacting – trying to get other team’s players booked is a form of dark arts and is simply just bad sportsmanship.
Liverpool fans took to Twitter in their hundreds to complain about what they were seeing, one going as far as to call Atletico players “playacting cheats” and an “absolute disgrace”, and we are in agreement with a lot of what’s been said.
Here are some of our favourite Tweets about Atleti tonight:
Atletico are a bunch of playacting cheats. Absolute disgrace.
— Samue (@SamueILFC) February 18, 2020
Atletico look quite capable so why they have to cheat and dive I don’t know. Wait…who’s their coach again?
— Sinden Chump (@SindenChump) February 18, 2020
Win if you can, lose if you must but always cheat… The Atletico Madrid way…
— winger (@WINGWIZARD) February 18, 2020
Half the fucking atletico team should be booked for diving
— Bruno (@TAASZN) February 18, 2020
For all that you can admire about Atletico the feigning injuries and diving is abhorrent. Mané got booked there for basically pulling Savic back nothing more. All about the (over)reaction.
— VorsprungdurchJürgen ✋🏻☝🏻 (@happydobbin44) February 18, 2020
The defensive instincts of Atletico are incredible. The instinctive diving and exaggeration of slight contact are embarrassing
— Luke (@Luke_Mim) February 18, 2020
Atletico 24% possession, diving all over the place, crying about nothing, just putting 10 men behind the ball and have the refs in their pocket.
Sooner managers like Simeone fuck off out the game the better.
— Shaun (@ShaunlfcT) February 18, 2020
Atletico have basically spent half of the game diving for nonsense kmt
— 🕋 (@shxn_mx) February 18, 2020
Liverpool face West Ham next in the English Premier League.