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Liverpool suffered a startling 5-2 defeat to Real Madrid at Anfield on Tuesday as the world may have witnessed the beginning of the end of the Jurgen Klopp era as the Reds were almost officially eliminated in the Champions League round of 16.

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From a 2-0 loss in 15 minutes to a 5-2 loss in just 52 minutes, Liverpool were helpless. stop slow down the same Real Madrid team that beat them 1-0 in last season’s Champions League final.

Klopp and company couldn’t have started faster or brighter when Darwin Nunez hit the end of a cross from Mohamed Salah and in the 4th minute, heeled brilliantly past Thibaut Courtois. 10 minutes later, a sleepy back pass turned into a nightmare when the ball bounced off Courtois’s knee and landed on Salah at the top of the 6-yard, and the Anfield fans roared again.

However, the good times came to an abrupt end when Vinicius Junior cut in from the left flank and landed a well-placed 2-1 shot into the far post in the 21st minute. 15 minutes later, it was Alisson’s turn to give the goal when Joe Gomez played him back and instead of clearing the ball, he kicked it off Vinicius’ foot and watched helplessly as it looped and circled high in the Merseyside sky and bounced into the empty field. target.

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Purpose no. The third half began just two minutes into the second half, when Eder Militao ran across an unmarked six-meter box and took a free-kick from Luka Modric to take the lead. Karim Benzema kicked off his first goal in the 55th minute with a quick one-two off Rodrigo before his shot ricocheted off Joe Gomez and rebounded off a distraught, knocked-out Alisson to make it 4-2.

Benzema’s second goal was much more brilliant as Luka Modrić launched a counterattack, finding Vinicius who passed the ball to Benzema as Alisson went out of line. Benzema put the Brazilian on his side as he swerved around the goalkeeper and left-footed a shot wide of two defenders at the near post. Demolition completed.

What’s next?

Liverpool will travel to the Spanish capital for the second leg three weeks later on 15 March, where they could try to close the three-goal gap or Klopp, assuming he is still with the manager, could opt for a weakened side. as they race to finish in the top four in the Premier League.

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How to watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid live, stream link, start time

Date Time: Tuesday, February 21 at 3:00 pm ET
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This is cruel on the part of Real Madrid. Liverpool are everywhere. Anfield are in shock.

GOALLLL! “Real” – “Liverpool” 5:2. Modric counter-attacks and finds Vinicius, who finds Benzema and is brilliant at getting inside Alisson and back home. Liverpool led 2-0. Jurgen Klopp can’t believe it.

GOALLLL! “Real” – “Liverpool” 4:2. Benzema’s weak shot deflected Gomez’s shot and hit the target. So cruel to Liverpool. Everything is going wrong for them now. Jurgen Klopp can’t believe it.

GOALLLL! “Real” – “Liverpool” 3:2. What. A. Turnover. Modrić’s free kick hit Militao squarely and he headed a free-kick from six yards. Terrible labeling from Liverpool. Zonal labeling went wrong.

CLOSE! Wow. Real Madrid almost made it 3-2 right at half-time. What clearance from Andy Robertson when Rodrigo was ready to hit the back post. A brilliant ball from Vinicius Jr. and a counterattack from Real Madrid. 10 seconds after Liverpool took a free kick at one end, they almost took the lead at the other.

GOALLLL! What a mistake Alisson. The ball is returned to him by Gomez and Vinicius blocks it and Alisson hits the ball against him and it loops and enters the game. Liverpool 2: 2 Real Madrid. 26 minutes on the clock. What a twist! Wow.

SAVE! So close to Vinnie Jr’s almost identical goal. His low curling at the far post is saved this time by Alisson. How did he even see this gap!?

CHENSEY! Salah and Nunez almost took him home, but somehow Carvajal and Militao figured it out. Great response from the owners.

GOALLLL! Real Madrid are back in business. 2-1. Vinicius Jr. beautiful finishing off in the far bottom corner. What is the purpose. 20 minutes. The Real Madrid fans go crazy at the end of Anfield Road. And it is right. We are all like that!

GOALLLL! Huge mistake by Thibault Courtois. He can’t control the ball and Salah is always ready to hit it. Terrible moment for the Real Madrid goalkeeper. 2-0 in favor of Liverpool against Real Madrid. 15 minutes! Wow.

SO CLOSE! Almost 2:0 in favor of Liverpool. Nunes and Gakpo played brilliantly, substituting Salah, but his shot into the penalty area is weak. Nunez was wide open. Great counter from Liverpool.

GOALLLL! Darwin Nunez with an amazing finish. A great ball from Salah and a brilliant move by Nunez. 1:0 in favor of Liverpool. Anfield is going crazy!

KICK OFF! What an atmosphere at Anfield. We are in the process.

Head-to-head record between Liverpool and Real Madrid

Real Madrid have five wins against Liverpool’s three and they have drawn once. Real Madrid also beat Liverpool in two UEFA Champions League finals in 2021/22 and 2017/18. This is the 10th meeting of the two European giants.

Key storylines

Liverpool have had a hard time this season and the main problem has been a lack of energy and intensity as Klopp has made little use of high-pressing tactics. They now have key players such as Virgil van Dijk returning from injury and Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo were among the goals recently as they finally play as a trio.

Real Madrid’s midfield has some key missing players: Toni Kroos and Ourelian Chuameni are out, but Karim Benzema is back from injury, a huge plus for Ancelotti. The Real Madrid squad is still complete and they will be happy to bring Liverpool back to the Santiago Bernabeu with a draw or a narrow defeat to replay.

Liverpool team news, squad

NOT REMOVED: Luis Diaz (knee), Arthur (thigh), Ibrahima Konate (muscles), Thiago (thigh), Calvin Ramsey (knee).

Team news Real Madrid squad

Out: Aurélien Chouameny

If you need a Premier League table for the 2022-2023 season, you’ve come to the right place.

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After a break before the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start of 2023 has been a lot of fun.


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