Liverpool are set to face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently enduring a difficult time in the Premier League, but they were impressive against RB Leipzig in Europe and should be feeling confident of doing well against the La Liga side.
Before the two European giants’ clash in April, we look at three of their most memorable matches.
1. Liverpool 4 Real Madrid 0 (2009)
The Premier League outfit hosted Real Madrid at Anfield in March 2009 in the second leg of the Round of 16. The Reds had an away goal advantage, thanks to Yossi Benayoun’s strike at the Bernabeu.
Liverpool were at their destructive best in Merseyside. Fernando Torres struck the first blow against his old adversaries before Steven Gerrard added to the score from the spot. The English midfielder got on the scoresheet again just two minutes after the interval. And then substitute Andrea Dossena completed the misery for Real by firing another superb goal.
2. Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3 (2014)
The Spanish giants were given a good opportunity to take revenge for their 2009 defeat when they were drawn together with Liverpool in the group stages of the Champions League in 2014.
The Anfield encounter saw Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoring in the 23rd minute before Karim Benzema earned a brace to put the game beyond the home side. The fate of the match never looked in doubt in the second half, with the Reds failing to respond with any goal.
3. Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 (2018)
Real Madrid had won two European Cups in a row and they headed confidently to Ukraine to lock horns with Liverpool in the 2018 final, hoping to make it three consecutive trophies.
Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a devastating blow in the first half when they lost Mohamed Salah to a shoulder injury. The Reds made things difficult for themselves early in the second half when Loris Karius’ howler allowed Karim Benzema to score the first goal for Los Blancos.
The Merseysiders responded quickly to fire the equaliser through Sadio Mane before Gareth Bale struck one of the most spectacular goals in the history of European football. There looked no comeback for Liverpool after Karius made another horrible mistake to let Bale strike again.
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