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Everyone Was Saying The Same Thing After Liverpool's Shambolic Real Madrid Collapse

Everyone Was Saying The Same Thing After Liverpool's Shambolic Real Madrid Collapse
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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In the opening 15 minutes against Real Madrid this evening, it looked as though Liverpool were about to produce a vintage European night at Anfield.

Many people were unsure what version of Jurgen Klopp's side would show up for the game, with their form having been widely inconsistent this season. While early goals from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah looked had the stadium rocking, the performance that followed from the home side over the 70 or so minutes that followed was nothing short of shambolic.

Vinicius Jr would score two goals before the interval to get Real Madrid back on level terms, and while many would have expected Liverpool to come back into the contest after the interval, the reality was far different.

Eder Militao scored a header from a set-piece just two minutes into the first half, before Karim Benzema doubled their lead via a deflected effort a few minutes later.


It soon got even worse for the hosts when the Frenchman scored his second of the game in the 66th minutes.

The goal came on the back of some farcical defending from Liverpool, allowing their opponents to run the full length of the pitch essentially unchallenged before the move was well finished by Benzema.

It was tie over at that point, with the only question being how much Real Madrid would win by.


In the end, it finished 5-2.

Football fans reacts to remarkable Liverpool collapse

While there had been some suggestions that Liverpool were rediscovering their form over the last couple of weeks, that second half was just about as bad as it gets.

It was a timely reminder that this team has all but run its course as a domestic and European contender, with a major rebuild now needed. The lack of investment in the squad has caught up with them in a frightening manner in recent months.


In saying that, a collapse like that is absolutely unacceptable regardless of the circumstances. It was an embarrassing night for the club as a whole, who can have no complaints with the score.

Unsurprisingly, there was quite the reaction to the game online.


Liverpool will need to beat Real Madrid by three goals to even force extra-time in the second leg, a prospect you'd imagine is remarkably unlikely based off tonight's performance.

A capitulation such as this one is sure to set tongues wagging again as to the club's long-term prospects, something that looks more questionable now than at any other time during the Jurgen Klopp era.

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