Champions League: Real Madrid See Out Liverpool For The 6th Time
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp has seen itself become a one note fixture with Madrid coming out on top in the 6 meetings both teams have met.
Would it be called a mental block or Liverpool being desperately overrated that the world continually keeps getting deceived by the narratives surrounding the Reds being a top side in European football?
The second leg at Santiago Bernabeu shows what this season has been for Jurgen Klopp’s men this season; inconsistency and lack of zeal to move further forward as a team.
Liverpool started the game looking to tempt the ridiculous narratives of a comeback, with Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez seeing chances in the first half of the game. But as the Reds fan base have come to realize this season, being clinical in games has been a problem for the team.
Real Madrid also had their shouts at goal via Edward Camanviga and Vinicius Jr. but thanks to the brilliance of Alisson, Liverpool kept their hopes alive going into the half time.
The second half however was where the Liverpool the world has now come to know came to be seen, with the tempo reducing and the believe of anything special being earned on the night departing the team.
Faults could be traded around on Jurgen Klopp’s ridiculous substitution following the break, with Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota leaving the field for the introduction of Harvey Elliott and Roberto Firmino. Want away man, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain who has barely kicked a ball this season for the Reds was traded in for James Milner in midfield.
Real Madrid play you’ll never walk alone at full time!
Total humiliation for Liverpool.#RealMadrid #LiverpoolFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/FSk4A8T3xk
— عاصمة كرة القدم🇶🇦 (@FCQATARI) March 15, 2023
The changes inspired confidence into Real Madrid to force out Liverpool into making errors in defence as they created chances upon chances, with Karim Benzema missing out on a few.
However, it wasn’t going to be a classic Real Madrid vs. Liverpool game if Karim Benzema did not have a word to speak with a Liverpool goalie. It was the Frenchman who had the only say in the game to gift Real Madrid a 1-0 victory on the night at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The score line could have been more but Real Madrid proved themselves champions to see the aggregate was a modest 6-2 on the night. This wasn’t Liverpool vs. Barcelona, and it certainly wasn’t Anfield.