Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool at Anfield last month was not comprehensive. That’s the opinion of Michael Owen.
‘It does my head in, really grates on me to hear and read everyone saying Liverpool were outclassed at Anfield’, The Telegraph quotes the former England international striker as saying.
‘For 25 minutes that was not the case, but the difference was Madrid have a couple of those world class players who change games, and the one Liverpool had – Luis Suarez – is not there anymore.
‘Last season some of the football Liverpool played was unreal and that was because Suarez lifted everyone around him, in the same way Cristiano Ronaldo elevates the game of everyone he plays with.
'You take a player of that calibre out of any team in the world and it changes the dynamic and makes it seem there is a bigger gulf than there is’.
Owen’s comments will come as a surprise to many football followers. After all, the Champions League Group B clash finished in a 3-0 victory for Madrid – and that is a pretty big scoreline, especially when one considers that Liverpool were playing at home.
Former Liverpool and Madrid striker Owen is justified in claiming that Brendan Rodgers’s side were not outclassed for the first 25 minutes, but Carlo Ancelotti’s visiting team were taking their time to get into the game.
Once Madrid got their opening goal through a world-class strike from Cristiano Ronaldo, there was no looking back for the 2014 Champions League winners.
A football game is played over 90 minutes. For the first 25 minutes perhaps Liverpool were not that bad, but thereafter Madrid showed their vastly superior quality.
And yes, Liverpool were outclassed by Madrid at Anfield.