Real Madrid capitalised on a disorganised Liverpool side as the visitors from Spain struck thrice before the break, before damage limitation set in for Brendan Rodgers as the Ulsterman managed to hold the score at 3-0 at Anfield earlier this evening, Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been merciless in front of goal throughout the current campaign, opened the scoring for Los Blancos as he scored his 70th Champions League goal - just one behind Raul's all-time record of 71 in the competition.
Former Arsenal target Karim Benzema added two more in the 30th and 41st minutes.
"I thought Brendan Rodgers picked the right team here tonight but not much you can do against a team this good," commented former Liverpool academy graduate Michael Owen on Twitter.
On Ronaldo, who has rivaled Barcelona magician Lionel Messi all his life for the honour of the best in the current generation, Owen said: "I've finally decided. Ronaldo is the best player in the world.
"He is a freak of nature," he added.
Ronaldo's goal at Anfield took his tally for the season in all competitions to 20, a strong haul for any forward for a whole season, but the Portuguese has only played in 13 games and it is still just October.