The white-hot fury of an enraged Diego Simeone will have warmed Jurgen Klopp's heart.

The Liverpool boss may have been respectful in clarifying his stance on Simeone's Atletico Madrid in Monday's pre-match press conference, but make no mistake, Klopp will have taken huge delight in getting one over on the chief spoiler of Europe.

Klopp said he preferred "a different kind of football" to Atletico's typical approach and that was exactly what he got here at the Wanda Metropolitano as the two sides served up a Champions League classic.

The hardest-fought 3-2 win means the Reds are almost home and dry in their efforts to reach the knockout stages with maximum points from the first half of the group stage.

With five points between them and Atletico in second place, Klopp's men are well placed to continue their adventure on the continent in the New Year.

By now, any criticism of Simeone’s street fighters simply falls on deaf ears for the hard-nosed Atleti coach, whose siege mentality and suffocating style has turned his team into the continent’s premium scufflers over much of the last decade.

But with players like Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix at his disposal, Simeone’s eternal underdog outlook has not always meshed seamlessly with the talent in his squad.

That was the point Klopp was attempting to make in March 2020 and one he sought to double down on, even if he was careful of waltzing into the unwanted narrative of a war of words with his Argentine counterpart.

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But if the boxing analogy suggests that styles make fights, the same cannot always be said in football when the teams have such contrasting ideologies on how to win games.

This, though, was a world away from the teak-tough grafting that Simeone's side have become famed for during his 10 years in the Spanish capital.

Perhaps privately riled by Klopp's pre-match insistence that his favoured outlook was diametrically opposed to his own, Simeone's Atletico, to the surprise of many, went toe-to-toe with those in Liverpool yellow in an all-out firefight.

Simeone had urged the home crowd to ensure the same sort of atmosphere that he felt meant they were “already winning” prior to kick-off the last time these two teams met here in February of 2020.

The Rojiblancos on the terraces did not disappoint, creating a din that reminded everyone just how much fans were missed for Europe’s most prestigious club competition last term.

But this time, Liverpool did not succumb to the noise. Not immediately, at least.

Instead, they were emboldened by it as they took the fight to their hosts to race into a two-goal lead.

The first arrived inside 10 minutes after more brilliant ingenuity from Mohamed Salah.

There was little on when he received the ball wide on the right, but after dancing past three players, his low shot flew into the net via a deflection off Geoffrey Kondogbia.

It did not appear to be Salah's goal at first, with some confusion over whether James Milner turned it in, but the away fans in the top tiers were content to belt out the name of their hero before he was actually awarded with the strike by UEFA.

He becomes the first Reds player in history to score in nine consecutive matches for the club, as a result. Another record re-written by the Egyptian King.

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Liverpool, with the wind in their sails, went through the gears and after Atleti failed to deal with a cross into the box, it was left to Naby Keita to double the lead with a wonderful first-time volley that gave the esteemed Jan Oblak no chance.

But if the volley showcased the good side of Keita, he was caught napping for the goal that got Atletico back in it as Thomas Lemar strolled past him out wide before his cross was eventually turned home by Griezmann via Koke's shot.

And the Guinea midfielder was at fault again for the equaliser as Felix danced away from him far too easily before Griezmann was played in to fire home.

Now into his fourth season at Anfield, Keita's attacking gifts are evident, but so too, increasingly, are his defensive flaws and they are becoming more apparent in the Champions League.

As many expected, the No.8 was hooked at the break as Fabinho slotted back into his defensive midfield role for the second half. It helped Liverpool regain some sort of composure.

The curious case of the enigmatic Keita goes on.

Liverpool were given a huge helping hand when referee Daniel Siebert dismissed hat-trick hunting Griezmann for a remarkably high foot on Roberto Firmino who needed treatment from the incident.

Simeone, not for the first or last time on the night, was incensed but the France international caught Firmino on the side of his face and could have few complaints as he trotted off.

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Klopp sent on Diogo Jota and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for James Milner and Sadio Mane as the Reds attempted to freshen it up and make the most of their advantage.

And as the 11 men continued to poke and probe and prod, they were given a gift when Jota was taken clean out by Mario Hermoso inside the penalty area.

Salah, just as he did at the same end in the Champions League final of 2019, converted from 12 yards to give Liverpool a vital lead.

But the drama was not yet over with as Atletico immediately went up the other end with a penalty shout of their own.

As substitute Jose Gimenez went down after running past Jota at a free-kick, it was left to referee Siebert to consult with the monitor after initially awarding a spot-kick.

It would be another decision that would anger the home faithful as the chance of parity passed them by before Liverpool held on for the six added minutes of injury time.

"When these two teams face each other, some drama is guaranteed," said Klopp.

He was right, it was a breathless game for the ages.

So, just who was it exactly who said Atletico Madrid were unable to entertain?