Andy Robertson slammed Atletico Madrid's stars for "falling over" all game as Liverpool fell to a Champions League defeat on Tuesday night.

The Champions League holders will need to summon another famous European comeback at Anfield next month after they were beaten 1-0 away to their Spanish rivals.

The Reds were undone by a rare defensive lapse from a corner in only the fourth minute, as Koke's cross was not dealt with and the ball squirmed through to Saul Niguez, who fired in from close range.

Jurgen Klopp's Premier League leaders created a couple of chances to equalise, but Mohamed Salah headed wide and Jordan Henderson's hooked effort drifted the wrong side of the post.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson applauds to fans at the end of the match

A frustrating night saw Reds manager Klopp shown a yellow card and left them with it all to do in the second leg at Anfield in three weeks.

And Robertson was critical of Atletico, who were involved in several play-acting incidents and failed in an attempt to get Sadio Mane sent off in the first half.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: "The corner just ricocheted, it was tight but onside. We gave them the best possible start and that get the fans behind them and then they start falling over and getting under the skin a bit.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool is shown a yellow card by referee Szymon Marciniak after a foul on Sime Vrsaljko of Atletico Madrid (R)

"We put in a decent performance and we know we can be better. We've got a second leg to put it right.

"They celebrated as if they won the tie after the game. They are coming to Anfield and we know our fans will be there."

Indeed, Atletico produced a vintage defensive display, sitting deep and barely giving Liverpool any space for their attacking trident of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to work their usual magic.

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, speaking to BT Sport, added: "We conceded the goal from the corner, first chance for them, not even a chance. Bit of luck.

"The message at half time was to keep playing. We had the ball most of the game but unfortunately could not create massive opportunities. We still have another 90 minutes to set it right.

"It is the way they play. It is a bit of the Spanish football as well and you have to adapt but we knew it and I feel we handled it pretty well."