Liverpool fell to their heaviest European home defeat on Tuesday as they were mauled 5-2 by Real Madrid at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Jurgen Klopp’s side raced into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 15 minutes to give themselves a dream start to the contest, with Darwin Nunez flicking a smart finish past Thibaut Courtois before the Madrid keeper gifted Mohamed Salah a second.
However, Madrid launched their latest famous Champions League comeback just seven minutes later when Vinicius Junior whipped an unerring low finish into the bottom far corner.
Alisson Becker then emulated his opposite number Courtois with a howler that saw Vinicius unwittingly level the scores before half time, and within two minutes of the restart they were ahead courtesy of Eder Militao.
Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema then piled the misery on the hosts, with his deflected shot off Joe Gomez seeing Madrid become the first visiting team to ever score four times at Anfield in a European game, before extending that record with his second of the night after 67 minutes
Indeed, there were just the seven goals for fans to enjoy on one of the most famous nights in the Champions League’s recent history.
The result leaves Klopp’s side facing a mountain to climb when they return to the Bernabeu for the second leg on March 15. Liverpool have pulled off spectacular comebacks before, but it would be truly extraordinary if they turned this one around at the Bernabeu.