PHOTO: How Bale spent the evening as his Real teammates beat Liverpool

Bale Real Madrid

The former Tottenham star took it easy as Real Madrid brushed aside the Reds despite the Welshman's absence.

World record transfer and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale had to sit out his side's meeting with Liverpool on Wednesday night with an injury, and chose to spend the evening with his feet up in front of the TV as they ran out impressive winners.

His fellow Real players put on a masterclass at Anfield to win 3-0, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a superb opener after a wonderful chipped pass by James Rodriguez, before former Liverpool target Karim Benzema followed up with a brace.

Bale was rested for the Champions League game with the Reds after experiencing a buttock muscle injury, not that the reigning title holders would have noticed. At times their football was breathtaking, with a genuine drive and determination that stopped Liverpool from threatening for the vast majority of the game.

The Welshman's replacement Isco was outstanding, playing a part in many intricate passing moves while also exuding a desire to do his fair share of defensive work in the middle of the park.

The game at Anfield isn't the only big match Bale is set to miss, with Carlo Ancelotti stating earlier in the week that the former Spurs star is also out of the season's first El Clasico on Sunday.

That meeting with Barcelona is likely to be predominantly concerned with the possible debut of ex Liverpool talisman Luis Suarez, but if Isco puts in any thing like the performance he managed on Merseyside, it could be Los Blancos who once again steal the headlines.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch