Little was expected of Liverpool this season in the Champions League, but even against this backdrop, a 5-2 defeat at home to Real Madrid was shocking. However, in the history of the “Reds” there were other failures in the European arena, which are worth remembering.
Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid (UCL group stage)
The hard moments of Liverpool could not fail to leave their mark on history, even due to devastating defeats. Real Madrid hit one of these, and the head coach was… Carlo Ancelotti! Yes, yes, back in 2014, when he first came to Madrid, Carlo demonstrated how to dismantle the Merseysiders at Anfield.
Then Karim Benzema scored two goals and Cristiano Ronaldo scored one more. Brendan Rodgers with Mario Balotelli, the still very young Raheem Sterling, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and other players could not answer the guests.
That season, Liverpool didn’t even make the Champions League playoffs, missing out on Real Madrid and, suddenly, Swiss side Basel.
Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool (1/2 Champions League final)
A few years later, Liverpool under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp became great again, but this state did not save the team from a bitter defeat at Camp Nou with a score of 0:3. Luis Suárez scored midway through the first half, and Lionel Messi scored twice 15 minutes before the end of the game.
It seemed that Barça was guaranteed a place in the final, but no. Liverpool won 4-0 in the second leg, producing one of the best Champions League games in a decade.
Napoli 4-1 Liverpool (UCL group stage)
A great defeat for Real Madrid has not been the only one this European season. At first, in the first match, Liverpool blew out Napoli – 1:4. Now it is completely clear how the crisis of the English club played against one of the best teams of the season, and in September this defeat was perceived as a sensation.
Fortunately there was no repeat of 2014, and Liverpool managed to get out of the group.
Liverpool 2:5 Real Madrid (1/8 final of the Champions League)
Liverpool lost again three goals down in the first game, but unlike 2019, there is virtually no chance of a comeback, and even away. Real Madrid looked confident even at 0-2, and at the Santiago Bernabéu, down three goals, Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to have a way to break the creamy. Real Madrid turned Liverpool’s defense into a sieve, which is not surprising, because even against Newcastle, playing in the majority, the Reds allowed too much at their gates. The class difference between Liverpool and Real Madrid is huge, despite the fact that they played in the Champions League final less than a year ago.
Ajax 5-1 Liverpool (1/8 European Cup)
In the modern format of the Champions League, the defeat against Real Madrid was the biggest, but at the world level in history there was an even more humiliating defeat.
The mythical English soccer player Bill Shankly, then coach of the Reds, could not oppose one of the best generations of Ajax, the one headed by Johan Cruyff.