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21st Feb 2023

Liverpool v Real Madrid: Player ratings and updates from Champions League clash

Lee Costello

Liverpool 2 – 5 Real Madrid.

Liverpool and Real Madrid produced the craziest, intensity-ridden, helter-skelter half of football in recent memory, and nobody wanted the whistle to blow.

Watch all of the goals and highlights in our hub below, where will we have updates about team news, big talking points from the game and player ratings. 

Liverpool got off to the perfect start, capitalising on the energy from the Anfield crowd and attacking with furious intensity.

Darwin Nunez scored the most inventive goal to open the scoring, backheeling the ball on the half volley into the net just three minutes into the game.

Then, after some good work from Cody Gakpo, the ball was back-passed to Thibaut Courtois, who panicked as a rapid Mo Salah came sprinting towards him and as the ball bounced off his knee, the Egyptian King secured a goal to make it 2-0.

However, Vinicius Jr seems to relish playing the Reds and only needed a little bit of space to curl in a wonder-goal past Alisson.

His second score wasn’t quite as glamorous, but it was his pressure that forced the Liverpool keeper to make a mistake, and kick the ball off the striker for it to float into the net.

Liverpool Real Madrid player ratings

Madrid took this momentum into the second half and Luka Modric fizzed in a free kick from the edge of the box that met Eder Militao, who then scored his first European goal since 2019.

To make matters worse, Gomez was at fault again and Allison found himself unable to control a Karim Benzema shot that found its way into the onion bag.

The floodgates were well and truly opened then, as the Spanish giants cut through the home side with embarrassing ease, for the French striker to get his second of the night.

Liverpool team:

Alisson – 4

Alexander-Arnold – 6

Gomez – 3

van Dijk – 5

Robertson – 7

Henderson – 5

Fabinho – 4

Bajcetic – 6

Salah – 6

Gakpo – 4

Núñez – 6

Real Madrid team:

Courtois – 5

Carvajal – 5

Militão – 8

Rüdiger – 6

Alaba – 5

Valverde – 7

Camavinga – 7

Modric – 8

Rodrygo – 8

Benzema – 8

Vinícius Júnior – 9 MOTM

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