FIRST LEG FALTER: Liverpool lose 3-1 away at Real Madrid
Mohamed Salah's away goal gave Liverpool a glimmer of hope despite losing 3-1 in their Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid.
The Egyptian made it 2-1 when he put the ball past Thibaut Courtois in the second half after a lacklustre showing in the first from the Reds.
Vinicius Jr. made it 1-0 after a sensational pass from Toni Kroos caught the Liverpool defence out. The Brazilian beat his compatriot Alisson Becker after a superb first touch put him in on goal.
Real Madrid would double their lead from Trent Alexander Arnold's mistake when he headed straight into the path of Marco Asensio.
Naby Keita was taken off after just 40 minutes following a poor showing on his return to the team.
Unfortunately, both men were racially abused on Instagram after the game with Liverpool making a statement condemning the abuse.
It is utterly unacceptable. It has to stop. pic.twitter.com/ij8qykJjqU
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 7, 2021
Vinicius got his second of the night after Salah's away goal for Liverpool. That give Real Madrid a 3-1 aggregate lead heading into the second leg at Anfield.
It means Liverpool will need to win 2-0, or by three clear goals in order to advance to the semi-final.
Their home form has been less than impressive though, so that's a tough ask.
It looked like they'd turned a corner when they beat Arsenal 3-0 last weekend, but this is another setback.
The Reds play Aston Villa on Saturday and they'll be hoping to end that dreadful streak ahead of Madrid's arrival on Merseyside.
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