Llorente turned a finely balanced round of 16 tie in favor of Atletico when he pounced on a terrible clearance from Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian.
Atletico went to Anfield with a 1-0 lead in the first leg, but their advantage was canceled by Georginio Wijnaldum, leading to a tie in extra time.
Midfielder Llorente grabbed Adrian’s error to get in the lead after a total of seven minutes in the extra period, then added another before teammate Alvaro Morata finished the scoring to send the European Cup holders withdraw from the competition.
Now, in a cheeky dig alongside Jurgen Klopp, Llorente has revealed that he has named one of his new puppies after the home of Liverpool – the place famous for so many European triumphs, including the superb return victory of last season in Barcelona.
While at home in his native Spain on the 22nd day of the coronavirus shutdown, Llorente posted a harmless photo of one of his pugs looking out the window – with the caption below “Anfield viendo la vida pasar (Anfield watching life go by). “
Llorente said after the victory at Anfield that he and his teammates were confident that they could eliminate the European champions from last season.
“We knew we were going to have our chances,” said the 25-year-old.
“Faith is part of Atletico Madrid’s DNA, you always have to believe it. I remembered all my family, all those who always supported me and all my teammates. ”
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Having obtained a place in the quarter-final of the Champions League, Llorente and his teammates hope that the European national leagues can be finished so that continental competitions can resume, with football currently on hold in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Liverpool, on the other hand, sweat when they can return to action in the Premier League, having amassed a 25-point lead in pursuit of their first high-flying title in 30 years.