Atlético de Madrid’s Marcos Llorente says his two-goal salvo at Anfield that eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League last season was a huge turning point in his career.
The Spanish were 1-0 up in the February first leg. And in the March return leg at Anfield they managed to force extra time after the Reds finished the 90 minutes 1-0 ahead after a goal from Gini Wijnaldum in the 43rd minute.
The starters seemed to be in control when Roberto Firmino put them ahead 2-1 on aggregate in the 94th minute.
But Llorente, who had been introduced as a substitute in the second half, had other ideas.
In the space of eight minutes, completely changed the complexion of the tie by scoring twice.
And with Liverpool in a state of shock, he prepared Álvaro Morata in the last minute of extra time to seal Atlético’s dramatic victory.
Llorente had previously struggled to beat coach Diego Simeone after his departure from Real Madrid.
But that night at Anfield changed everything.
Speaking to TMW (via Sport Witness), he said: “The Anfield match was a huge turning point for my career, in fact it literally changed my life.
“I always say, however, that in football you have to confirm yourself every day.
“I know I did a good performance against Liverpool, but the important thing is to maintain this continuity of performance over time.
“I am succeeding and I am very happy with what I am doing.”
Llorente has played 12 games for Atlético this season and has scored four goals.
Three were in La Liga while he also scored 3-2 Champions League vencer al RB Salzubrg.
Rumors of crying dog barking wrong tree
Subsequent reports said Llorente had celebrated by buying a dog and calling it ‘Anfield’.
However, the 26-year-old midfielder said the story was not entirely true.
He explained: “The dog belongs to my mother, not mine.
“That day was very happy for her: my mother has always followed me with great affection.
And when we gave him a dog a few months later, he decided to call it that.
“The reinforcement against Liverpool It gave him unforgettable emotions.