Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has opened up on a conversation that he had with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the Reds faced Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Liverpool faced Atletico Madrid at Anfield in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on March 11.

The Spanish giants were second best for large parts at Anfield on the night, but they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2, progressing to the quarter-final stage of the Champions League 4-2 on aggregate.

Ancelotti has revealed that Klopp was not pleased that the game went ahead, as the coronavirus was starting to spread right around the world.

Ancelotti told Corriere dello Sport: “I spoke with Klopp a few days ago, he told me that the decision to play Liverpool-Atletico was a criminal act and I think he’s right.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Diego Simeone, Manager of Atletico Madrid and Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool bump elbows prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Klopp does have a fair point. Looking back at it now, it is quite bizarre that the match went ahead. Everyone was aware of the threat that the coronavirus possessed at that stage.

Liverpool’s clash against Atletico Madrid was the last fixture that the club have featured in.

There is no indication on when football will be able to resume, as there is so much uncertainty surrounding the world at this current moment.

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