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Atlético's Llorente recalls Anfield heroics, says he "wasn't wrong" to leave Real Madrid

The man who knocked Liverpool out of the Champions League, Altético Madrid's Marcos Llorente conducted a Q&A session for fans on Twitter.

Atlético's Llorente recalls Anfield heroics, says he "wasn't wrong" to leave Real Madrid
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Former Real Madrid player and double-goal hero for Atlético in the 3-2 win against Liverpool at Anfield two weeks ago, Marcos Llorente took time while on lockdown to answer the questions of fans on Twitter.

During the Q&A session, the 25-year-old discussed the magical night at Anfield, his time at Real Madrid, signing for Atlético, Diego Simeone, life in quarantine and his performance in the recent FIFA 20 tournament.

Marcos Llorente Q&A highlights

Support from Real Madrid fans: "I thank and value all the people who give me encouragement and affection every day. It is very important to feel that support, in the good times and, especially, in the not so good times.”

Time at Real Madrid: "I gave everything I had every time I wore that shirt, in every training session. My commitment was 100%, I think I showed that.”

Atlético interest: "I discussed it with my family and we considered that coming to this great club was the best option. And I see that I wasn't wrong in my choice."

First memory after the Anfield game: “I remembered all of my family, who have always supported me at all times. And, of course, all of the Atlético fans.”

Thoughts after Liverpool went 2-0 up: "We knew we were going to have our chances and we never gave up. Faith is part of this club's DNA. You always have to believe."

Llorente celebrates after scoring against Liverpool.

How are you at Atlético?: "Very happy. The treatment I have received since I arrived has been impeccable, as much from the club as from the fans. I am sure we still have great moments to experience."

Diego Simeone: "He lives football with a lot of passion. He always instils that intensity necessary to face every training session or match to the maximum.”

Keeping fit during quarantine: "I try to follow a preparation plan just as strict or more than when we were in competition. You have to take special care to make sure you're on top when it comes to competing again."

Diet: "I’ll finish by telling you what I don’t eat, haha: not cereals or dairy products or ultra-processed food.”

Favourite position: “I always work to my maximum to be available when the boss decides, whatever that position may be.”

What caught your attention when you arrived at Atléti?: "From the first day the dressing room, the coaching staff and fans all go as one, in good times and bad."

Relationship in the dressing room: "The relationship is very good, really. There is a great atmosphere and it shows in the day-to-day work and in the games. We are a family."

Best memory with Atléti: "Those that have yet to come.”

Team mate whom you best get along with: "The truth is that the atmosphere is very good and I get along with a lot of my team mates. If I have to say one, it would be Mario Hermoso, because we have known each other since we were little."

Best goalkeeper in the world: "Oblak".

How did you feel when you put on the Atléti shirt?: "A lot of excitement and a lot of responsibility. It was a moment to remember.”

FIFA 20 Tournament: "I did what I could. It was a great initiative. We had a fun time and, most importantly, we have helped to raise funds for the fight against the coronavirus. Today is everyone's game and we are going to win.”