Liverpool were well beaten last night as Real Madrid won 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie in Spain.
Goals from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio were enough for Los Blancos, while Mohamed Salah snatched an away goal to give the Reds a glimmer of hope in an otherwise forgettable evening.
After looking back to their best with a 3-0 win away to Arsenal in the Premier League at the weekend, this was not the result or performance Liverpool wanted as they look to Europe for the only trophy they can still win this season.
No wonder Jurgen Klopp was not a happy man after the final whistle, saying: “If you want to go to the semi-final, you have to earn the right to do so. We didn’t do that tonight, especially in the first half.
“We just didn’t play good enough football to cause Real Madrid more problems. We made it too easy for them.
“The only good thing I can say, apart from the goal, is it’s only the first half of the tie. We didn’t deserve a lot more but that one goal and the second half was OK. It gives us a lifeline.”
It almost sounds like Klopp is already pretty pessimistic about his side’s chances of progressing to the semi-finals, but if you’re not already betting on a spectacular comeback at Anfield then perhaps you’d be better off trying to make your money on カジノ ゲーム (casino games).
How many times have we been here with Liverpool in the Champions League? At 3-0 down at half time of the 2005 final, the Merseyside giants looked dead and buried, with AC Milan players already celebrating in the dressing room at the break.
Then a stunning Steven Gerrard-inspired performance at the start of the second half quickly saw LFC make it 3-3, and they held their nerve to get through extra time and penalties and eventually lift the trophy against all the odds.
It will forever go down as one of the great European Cup finals, and that was a far worse Liverpool team than this one, at least on paper.
And let’s not forget just two years ago when the Reds somehow came back from losing the first leg of their semi-final with Barcelona 3-0 to eventually triumph 4-3 on aggregate with a stunning second leg display at Anfield.
A memorable evening saw Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both score twice to make it 4-0 to Liverpool against a shell-shocked Barca, with Klopp’s men going through to the final, which they eventually won against Tottenham to lift the Champions League trophy for the 6th time.
By comparison, starting the second leg against Real Madrid 3-1 down seems like a piece of cake, and last night’s performance from Zinedine Zidane’s side was not that representative of how they’ve played this season.
Los Blancos also have history in this competition, of course, but this is not the great Cristiano Ronaldo-led side of a few years ago, with Real being pretty average in La Liga for much of this campaign.
Make no mistake, this is all to play for for a Liverpool team who seem to thrive most when the odds are stacked against them.