Liverpool should produce one other step back within the Champions League against Spanish giants after a chaotic and disciplined show noticed them lose 3-1 to Real Madrid.
Jurgen Klopp’s team famously fell 3-0 all the way down to beat Barcelona within the semi-final on their method to winning the sixth European Cup two years in the past and the duty within the second leg of the last eight at home is prone to be just as a lot tough.
With no followers inside Anfield to supply that particular European ambiance and a team acting at a considerably decrease level than in 2019, there could not even be an away goal conceded by Mohamed Salah’s twenty sixth in 44 League video games Champions really assist.
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Point out of revenge for his or her final lack of 2018 to Real had been banned earlier than the match however in truth they got here close to placing a glove on the 13-time champions, who Vinicius Junior scored twice for one by Marco Asensio .
The Liverpool side had 5 survivors from that assembly in Kiev three years in the past – Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – whereas Madrid had 4.
Brendan Rodgers, a 2014 linebacker, had played in a group stage match in Madrid against Real, when Steven Gerrard famously dropped in what turned out to be his last season on the membership, as a distant memory.
Nevertheless, that team of defectors – which included the likes of Lazar Markovic and Fabio Borini – carried out with extra pleasure against full-strength Madrid in entrance of a full home on the Bernabeu than did their counterparts in 2021 in a disastrous first half in Alfredo in Madrid. Di Stefano’s coaching ground stadium.
The hosts had been missing the 2 first-choice goalkeepers Sergio Ramos, out injured, and Raphael Varane, who returned a optimistic Covid-19 test on the day of the match, however that hardly issues as Liverpool had been so poor they weren’t testing.
And Klopp’s gamble of transferring Naby Keita is barely his second European start of the season with the intention of working into Real backfired as Guinea midfielder Thiago Alcantara replaced him earlier than half time with the midfielder in disarray.
Klopp had said that his selection was based mostly on the truth that he “may not keep away from” Keita’s coaching performances however this exhibition would have gotten the German trying the opposite means.
Real by no means allowed Liverpool to settle right into a rhythm with Vinicius, whose pace was a problem, taking an early chance large.
Klopp’s plan was to hassle and hurt their hosts however they by no means stepped forward and once they weren’t busy chasing the ball they gave it straight back to their opponents.
The identical time they did not press Toni Kroos excessive, he descended deep right into a loft move 50 yards to the trail of Vinicius, who managed on his chest together with his first contact and sent Alisson Becker past together with his second.
Liverpool tried their own fastball forward to free Mane and though the Senegalese international went down the sting of the realm after touching Lucas Vazquez, referee Felix Brych flipped on.
Twenty-seven seconds later the ball was within the net on the different end as Madrid regained possession and hit back with a sucking punch.
Kroos instantly launched one other formidable ball down the left-right channel that Alexander-Arnold inexplicably went to the Asensio route that lobbed over Alisson.
Keita left, Thiago arrived however nonetheless the errors continued with deceptive back-up Ozan Kabak presenting a chance for Asensio to roll throughout the far post.
Liverpool acquired the start – and the goal away from home – they wished within the second half with Salah blasting home by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after Wijnaldum drove from midfield and Diogo Jota forced his means into the the penal courtroom.
Jota headed a rake-off cross from Alexander-Arnold, whose last trench interception prevented Asensio from scoring on a counter attack from a corner in Liverpool.
Nevertheless, it solely delayed the inevitable as Vinicius rocked the tie in favor of Real, taking pictures by Nat Phillips’ legs with Alisson solely with the ability to assist the ball into the net after defenders stood up off it.