Liverpool suffered a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final in Spain on Tuesday evening.
After a tremendous performance at the weekend, hopes were high that Liverpool had turned a corner in this tumultuous season, but that optimism was largely dashed by an impressive Real Madrid side tonight.
The Spanish side took the lead on 27 minutes at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano when Toni Kroos’ pass over the top sent Vinicius Junior through before he struck home.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was skinned by the vibrant Vinícius and giving the ball away with a sloppy pass across his backline, alarm bells were ringing early for the right back, and as the Reds were struggling to find their way back into the game following the Brazilian’s opener, the 22-year old headed a long ball over the top directly into the path of Marco Asensio, who had two bites at the cherry before tucking the ball into an open net behind Alisson.
Mohamed Salah reduced the arrears shortly after the restart by hammering in from close range.
However, Vinicius Junior furthered Real’s tally on 65 minutes, leaving the Reds with work to do in next week’s second leg at Anfield if they’re to progress into the semi-finals
Real Madrid will take a two goal advantage to Anfield next week.
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