Liverpool performed admirably despite seven changes…
Despite the likes of Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli being left on the bench, a Liverpool team showing seven changes from their last outing pushed European Champions Real Madrid all the way on their home ground.
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Karim Benzema prodded home Real Madrid’s opener, which proved to be the difference against Liverpool, whose youthful side will feel hard done by after an excellent start to the game.
But this is what Real Madrid can do, from walking pace to the back of the net in seconds. Isco released left-back Marcelo in space, he looked up and fired in a fantastic low cross to the back stick, Benzema escaped from Kolo Toure and slided it into the roof of the net.
But Liverpool did cause their opponents some problems. Teammates Isco and James Rodriguez certainly got into a bit of a mess here under pressure from Adam Lallana:
There were also plenty of positives for the Reds, who will be delighted with the performance of defender Kolo Toure, who looked like the player of ten years ago with this turn of skill:
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