Having been paired against the defending champions in the Round 16 of this years UEFA Champions League, the Spanish side played host at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium against Liverpool.
Thomas Partey was handed a starting berth following an impressive display against Valencia in the domestic competition.
Atletico took the lead just 6 minutes into the match through a Saul Niguez close-range finish as the visitors failed to clear a corner.
The Ghanaian International deployed in front Atletico Madrid’s defensive backline was instrumental as his side held on to a 1-0 advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield.
He was a constant source of activity for Atletico, making 13 recoveries and creating 2 chances in 53 touches, earning a 7.5 player rating.