Let’s cut to the chase: Liverpool fans should not feel bad or disappointed with the defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
The Spanish giants dominated the Champions League Group B clash at Anfield from start to finish and eased to a 3-0 victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring midway through the first half with a deft finish (click here to read more), and Karim Benzema netted twice before the half-time interval.
Madrid took it easy in the second period and failed to score, but their imperious performance in the first half had done the damage.
Much has been – and will be – made of how poor Liverpool were on Wednesday – and they truly were poor – and how the Reds suffered a heavy defeat, but it is no shame or embarrassment to lose to this Madrid machine.
A quick look at the Madrid teamsheet will tell one that they are miles better than Liverpool. Ronaldo is one of the top two players in the world, James Rodriguez is justifying the sale of Angel di Maria in the summer, Toni Kroos is a passmaster and Karim Benzema has his scoring boots back. Then there are Luka Modric, Isco and Raphael Varane... And Gareth Bale was not even on the substitutes’ bench!
Now look at Liverpool’s squad. Steven Gerrard is not the player he was, Joe Allen is average at best and Mario Balotelli is misfiring. Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling are promising youngsters, but they are not the ones at the moment to take the mighty Madrid on their own.
As for Jordan Henderson, despite his obvious development in the last couple of seasons, the England international is not gifted as the likes of Kroos and Isco. And that showed against Madrid.
Madrid were always going to win, and win big – and they did. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are used to rolling over teams week in and week out, scoring at times five goals without conceding, and given the squad they have, no one should be surprised that they stunned Anfield.
Liverpool lost to a truly brilliant team, one of the three strongest in Europe at the moment and the reigning Champions League winners. There is no shame in that.