Liverpool entertained Real Madrid at Anfield earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a good result at home in the UEFA Champions League. The Reds made an electric start to the game and got their noses ahead in the fourth-minute courtesy of Darwin Nunez’s excellent finish. Mohamed Salah doubled Liverpool’s advantage just ten minutes later after pouncing on Thibaut Courtois’ mistake. However, Vinicius Junior scored a quick-fire brace soon after as the two teams went into the half-time break with a 2-2 scoreline.
Eder Militao gave Los Blancos the lead in the 47th minute when he found the back of the net with a good header. Karim Benzema scored a rapid brace as well as the Reds crashed to a humiliating 5-2 loss at Merseyside.
Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player performed during the match against Los Blancos.
GK: Alisson Becker – 4/10
The Brazilian keeper made a poor mistake to give Real Madrid a goal. He ended up shipping in five goals in what turned out to be a horror night for him at Anfield.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10
He earned the ball back twice but looked vulnerable at the back. Alexander-Arnold managed to engineer two good chances in the final third.
CB: Joe Gomez – 4/10
The English centre-back struggled to cope with the pace of the opposition counter-attacks and produced a disappointing display at the back.
CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 5/10
He made a few important clearances at the back but got overrun by the Real Madrid attackers far too easily in the second half..
LB: Andrew Robertson – 6/10
Robertson did his fair share of defending but offered very little in the final third.
CM: Jordan Henderson – 6/10
He failed to get a stranglehold in the game but managed to create two decent chances in the opponent’s half.
CM: Fabinho – 6/10
The Brazilian gave a good account of himself in the first half but completely disappeared in the second.
CM: Stefan Bajcetic – 6.5/10
He got stuck in with some solid tackles and moved the ball really well from midfield.
RW: Mohamed Salah – 8/10
Salah was a constant menace in the first half as he engineered Nunez’s goal with an intricate pass before going on to score himself in the 14th minute. However, he was quiet in the second 45 minutes.
ST: Cody Gakpo – 6.5/10
He began the game well but faded as the match wored on in the second half.
LW: Darwin Nunez – 7/10
Nunez scored the opening goal with an excellent finish in the fourth minute. However, chances came at a premium for him during the game.
LW: Diogo Jota – 6/10
He offered very little after coming on as a substitute.
ST: Roberto Firmino – 6.5/10
The Brazilian had a few bright moments in the game.
CB: Joel Matip – 6/10
He kept things solid at the back.
CM: James Milner – 6.5/10
Milner added some energy to Klopp’s midfield.
CM: Harvey Elliott – N/A
He hardly had any time to influence the game.