Jürgen Klopp asserted that a reunion with Real Madrid would not incite nerve-racking memories of their last meetings.
Unfortunately for him, the reminder was certain. Although the date changed, the scene was not the same, yet it was a similar calming scoreline like the Champions League three years ago.
Each of the three Real goals in their 3-1 triumph were avoidable, several unspectacular long balls liable for two goals before the end of half-time.
At some point, Alisson Becker permitted a routine effort to pass him in a way that brings memories of Loris Karius in the Reds goalie.
Vinicius Jr’s two goals ensure he filled in for on-loan Gareth Bale, with Marco Asensio scoring the other.
When Liverpool were two goals down and starting to show efforts to hold any desires for a comeback in the second half and at last second leg. Real looked more smart, experienced, and okay with the scoreline. But that was before they added a third.
Presently another of those important European Anfield comeback is needed. Without the Kop, this time they should do with only 11 men.