Liverpool’s performance against Real Madrid was truly disappointing as they were hammered 3-0 at Anfield in the Champions League Group B.
Striker Mario Balotelli has faced the brunt of the criticisms for yet another underwhelming performance, but he is not the only culprit.
Brendan Rodgers’s side lost the midfield battle against Madrid on Wednesday, and that was what proved crucial.
Liverpool's midfield five of Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Sterling & Coutinho won just 33% of their tackles in the first half.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 22, 2014
Liverpool’s midfield has been hailed over the past few months, but on Wednesday against the very best it was left exposed.
Jordan Henderson may be a England international and has developed impressively over the past two years, but when compared with the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric he comes out as average.
Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling are more attack-minded so one cannot expect them to fly into tackles all the time and win them, but Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen were found out against Madrid.
Madrid took their foot off the gas in the second half having done the damage in the opening 45 minutes. Failure to control midfield is what saw Liverpool lose control of the match and eventually suffer a humiliating defeat to the reigning European champions.