Top five stats from Liverpool's 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid, featuring Mario Balotelli & Toni Kroos

Liverpool suffered a painful 3-0 defeat yesterday evening at the hands of European champions Real Madrid.

Real Madrid continued their perfect start to this season's Champions League with a one-sided victory at Liverpool on Wednesday evening.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a Karim Benzema double gave the current holders a 3-0 lead at half-time, which they maintained throughout the second period. 

Here are the top five statistics from this encounter (Liverpool fans, shield your eyes!):

1) Mario Balotelli's last 11 Champions League appearances have seen him score three goals and record 0 assists. However, the Italian only took 23 touches against Real Madrid and four of them came from Liverpool’s multiple kick-offs. Ouch.

2) Liverpool's midfield five of Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling & Philippe Coutinho won just 33% of their tackles in the first half, while the back four of Glen Johnson, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Alberto Moreno won 0% of their tackles in the second period. 

  TeamPosTackles WonAppsMins
Adam Lallana Liverpool MF 6 1 45
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool MF 2 1 67
Glen Johnson Liverpool DF 2 1 90
Emre Can Liverpool MF 1 1 23
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 1 1 90
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 1 1 67
Dejan Lovren Liverpool DF 1 1 90
Lazar Markovic Liverpool FW 1 1 23
Alberto Moreno Liverpool DF 1 1 90
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 1 1 90

3) Madrid's Toni Kroos completed 98% of his 90 passes against the Reds in a world-class midfield display - misplacing just two attempts to find a team-mate throughout his 82-minute spell. 

  TeamPosTouchesTotal PassAccurate PassAppsMins
Toni Kroos Madrid MF 100 89 87 1 82

4) Yesterday evening was the first time in their history that Liverpool have lost a European home game by a three-goal margin.

5) Iker Casillas has now won more games than any other player in Champions League history (Xavi Hernandez, 84). The Madrid shot-stopper made three saves yesterday as he held on to record a clean sheet.

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