When Liverpool lost 1-0 in Madrid on 18 February, with only nine Covid cases confirmed in the UK at the time, there were only hints of the impending tumult.
Liverpool supporter and co-host of podcast The Anfield Wrap John Gibbons was there and says it was no different to usual.
“We treated it like a normal European away game. Everyone was in the bars having a good time.
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For Liverpool’s then first-team physio Chris Rohrbeck, it was a similar story.
“We stayed in a bubble on our visit to Madrid as we usually would for a European game,” he says.
“There was talk of coronavirus but for us at the time, it was something happening in China, far away.”
John Murray, part of the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team for both legs, describes a different atmosphere.
“When we went to Spain, we had deliberately kept ourselves to ourselves.
“There was a feeling something was going to happen.”
In the background, Covid-19 was spreading rapidly, putting sporting fixtures in Italy behind closed doors or postponing them completely .
The day before the second leg at Anfield, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said “some things are more important than football” and urged players and supporters not to shake hands during the game.
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