LIVERPOOL – A disastrous loss in Anfield Stadium last night gives Liverpool a nearly mission impossible to reverse the aggregate and survive in the knockout stage.
In the UEFA Champions League season 2022/23 round of 16 first leg day 4, Liverpool lost 2-5 to Real Madrid at home, getting a serious impact to overturn the total scores in their away game two weeks after at Bernabeu.
The Reds had a pretty start to lead the game 2-0 in the first 14 minutes with goals from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah.
However, the defending champion quickly equalized the scores with double hits from Vinicius Junior in the 21st and 36th minute.
The home team seeked for another lead in the second half, but falling into a worse situation when Eder Militao helped Madrid to make an overturn in the 47th minute.
The Spanish club’s best striker Karim Benzema totally destroyed the hope of Liverpool to stay unbeaten at Anfield, with two goals in the 55th and 67th minute.
Sad Night for The Reds
Jurgen Klopp’s squad has been through a tragic night at their own territory, depressing their fans with a humiliation from their European rival.
The replay of the Champions League final last year was not just ended up with a successful revenge, but an embarrassing record for the Reds’ club history.
This is the second time they lost five goals in a single match of the European competitions, last time was in 1966 where they were beaten by Ajax 5-1 at home.
Real Madrid has stayed unbeaten against Liverpool for eight matches after the victory on Tuesday, which might improve to eight after their second meeting on 15th March.
Another Miracle for Liverpool?
However, it is not impossible that Klopp could bring his team to perform another dramatic comeback in the second leg, as history has proven its existence.
The English giant once created the most epic UCL final of all time, at Istanbul in 2005.
In the championship battle 18 years ago, Liverpool fell behind AC Milan 0-3 in the first half.
Their head coach Rafael Benitez made several adjustments in the second half, bringing the squad to an amazing score of 3-3 in the ninety minutes.
Liverpool then defeated Milan 3-2 in the penalty shootout to hail their fifth European title.
Now, the Premier League club is looking for another miracle at Bernabeu, to score at least three goals while sealing Real Madrid.
What makes it interesting is, the Spanish giant’s head coach Carlo Ancelotti was AC Milan’s team manager back to the final in 2005.
Napoli Beat Frankfurt
In another game of UCL round of 16 first leg on Tuesday night, SSC Napoli beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the away game, gaining a huge advantage to advance into the quarter finals.
The leading team of the Italian Serie A continued their outstanding performance in the Champions League, conquering the German club with goals from Victor Osimhen and Giovanni De Lorenzo.
Osimhen who scored a total of 20 goals this season, proving that he is one of the most terrifying strikers across European football.
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