LIVERPOOL 0 – 3 REAL MADRID
SORRY FOLKS. I apologise on behalf of the team that just couldn’t keep their unbeaten record against their opponents.
More painful and disappointing than the loss itself, is the fact that our history against this club was so successful. We’d never been beaten by Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo had never scored at Anfield before. THINGS CHANGE, huh?
As a dedicated (die hard) fan, I value the history of Liverpool FC highly. The LEGENDARY HISTORY of Liverpool FC is to be preserved for the honor of our club and against Madrid, the current team couldn’t do that. It hurts because the previous teams that worked so hard to create that history were let down as their records were ripped apart in one game.
Our starting eleven did not seem “weak” at all. We had four strong defenders, including experienced players such as Martin Skrtel, Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo, the midfield was a diamond of four very capable midfielders (Gerrard, Henderson, Allen and Coutinho) while the two main strikers were Sterling and Balotelli. That team is a force that most European sides would be afraid to face. But, we were playing the defending European Champions – by standards of who actually won the Champions League last season, there is nobody better than Real Madrid in the entire competition, so it’s not exactly “shameful” to lose against such a successful club.
The first half was a nightmare. It took only 23 minutes for Cristiano Ronaldo to score against us. I knew he would be the one to make us regret drawing this side in our group if we could not mark him tightly….. and sure enough, he proved that he is one of the world’s best players in under half an hour. The goal he scored was a seemingly unstoppable shot that flew over Simon Mignolet and into the top left corner of our net.
At 0-1 down, we probably should have tightened up our defense and concentrated on making sure they didn’t continue to punish us any further, but our need to get a goal back as soon as possible seemed to contradict that tactic and when we were forced to push our players into the oppositions half, we left our own half unmanaged and Madrid would counter attack and eventually use the opportunity to score two more goals by the time the first half had finished.
Liverpool transfer target Karim Benzema would be the scorer of the second and third goals. Perhaps we should have bought him in the summer and he wouldn’t have had the chance to destroy our defense and put the ball in our net. Just saying.
The second half was quite frustrating, perhaps more so than the first. They didn’t score any more against us, but we certainly did not take our chances that were created and failed to make a difference to the scoreline by even a single goal. I don’t want to point fingers at the obvious players who were expected to score (the strikers), they tried and failed but can’t be blamed entirely for the disappointing result. When a team wins, you praise the whole team (not just one player, even if they scored the only goals of the game). When a team loses, every player shares the blame (as does the manager, partly). However, it needs to be said that I love Liverpool no matter what result we get – win, lose or draw, I am a Liverpool supporter forever.
Liverpool fans, do not despair. There’s more games in this group to play and we still have a chance of qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Until then, we will walk on with hope in our hearts and YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE, reds!
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.