Liverpool locked horns with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to earn a positive result on the road in the UEFA Champions League. The Reds made a solid start to the game and managed to get to the half-time interval with a 0-0 scoreline.
The Merseyside club struggled to get a foothold in the game and conceded the opening goal in the 78th minute when Karim Benzema found the back of the net. Jurgen Klopp‘s men ended up losing the contest 1-0 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate which knocked them out of the Champions League.
Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player fared during the match against Los Blancos.
GK: Alisson Becker – 7.5/10
The Brazilian keeper made a lot of crucial saves at the back but will be disappointed after conceding a late goal.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5.5/10
He failed to cope with Vinicius Jr.’s threat on the flanks and produced an underwhelming display in the opponent’s half.
CB: Ibrahima Konate – 7/10
Konate covered for his teammates well and kept the Madrid attackers frustrated for most of the game.
CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 6.5/10
He dealt with the danger for most of the game but should have done better to prevent Benzema’s match-winner in the second half.
LB: Andrew Robertson – 6/10
He struggled to get into the rhythm of the game and produced a lackluster display at left-back.
CM: Cody Gakpo – 7/10
Gakpo was always willing to get on the ball and make things happen for Liverpool. However, he failed to threaten the Real Madrid goal.
CM: Fabinho – 7/10
He anchored the midfield with conviction and was accurate with his passing.
CM: James Milner – 7/10
Milner used his experience relatively well at the centre of the park but could last only 72 minutes.
RW: Mohamed Salah – 6.5/10
Salah had some moments of joy but was often outnumbered by the opposition defenders.
ST: Diogo Jota – 6/10
He lacked quality on the ball and wasted some decent chances to score.
LW: Darwin Nunez – 7/10
Nunez came close to scoring twice but couldn’t manage to beat Thibaut Courtois tonight.
ST: Roberto Firmino – 6/10
Firmino had one bright moment after coming off the bench.
CM: Harvey Elliott – 6.5/10
He was lively after coming on as a substitute.
CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6/10
He failed to influence the match.
LB: Kostas Tsimikas – N/A
Tsimikas came on for the final few minutes of the game.
LW: Fabio Carvalho – N/A
He hardly had any time to make an impact.