Andy Robertson believes Liverpool "handled" the approach of Atletico Madrid well despite losing 1-0 in Tuesday night's Champions League last 16 first leg.

The hosts were roared on by a febrile crowd after taking an early lead with Diego Simeone's men seemingly happy to hold their lead and run down the clock as much as possible.

Jurgen Klopp revealed after the game that he had substituted Sadio Mané at half-time because he feared Atletico were trying to get the striker sent off.

"I think we handled it quite well to be honest, with them falling over quite easily and stuff," the Liverpool left-back said.

"I think we got on with it and put in a decent performance but we know we can be better and luckily we've got a second leg to put it right.

"They've celebrated as if they've won the tie after the game so let's see, we've got a couple of weeks, we've got Premier League business to take care of and then they're coming back to Anfield.

"We know our fans will be there, we know we'll be there so it's up to them to come and stop us."

Saul Niguez gave the hosts a fourth-minute lead they never relinquished as Liverpool failed to clear a corner that then bounced off Fabinho and into the midfielder's path.

"I think the throw-in should have gone to us before the corner so the officials obviously made a mistake there," said Robertson.

"But the corner has just ricocheted and it was tight obviously but it was onside.

"We gave them the best possible start for them to get the fans up behind them and then they can start falling over and trying to get under our skin a bit."

Robertson's defensive partner Van Dijk added: "I think that's the way they play, that's a bit of Spanish football as well so we have to adapt.

"But we knew it and we handled it pretty well. It's part of their game." 

The Dutchman said he thought Atletico's goal had been fortunate and said "Lucky for us, we still have another 90 minutes to set it straight and we should be full of confidence."