Craig Burley believes Liverpool shouldn’t be too shock by their defeat to Real Madrid. There is an excuse, he feels.
Liverpool were awful against Real Madrid, particularly in the first half. They failed to string passes together, never really threatened to score, and their pressing was off.
It meant Real controlled the game for the vast majority. Los Blancos were able to execute their gameplan again and again as Liverpool put up very little resistance.
The Reds will now go into the second leg needing an all-time great performance as they try to come back from 3-1 down.
But Craig Burley believes Liverpool shouldn’t be too surprised by the situation.
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“We’re being critical of Liverpool, in a sense, with the way they played,” he told ESPN. “But I really don’t think [the performance] was a big surprise.
“I’m not horrified by it because that’s what they’ve been all year. Particularly since they’ve had this horrendous injury list.
“I thought they might get a bit more pressure on Real Madrid but I don’t really have expectations of this football team at the moment because they have got so many key personnel out.
“If they were to put Real Madrid out, I think it would be a shock.”
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The injuries are an excuse to an extent. Though, Real also had their first-choice centre-backs out injured as well as Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal.
The real problem with Liverpool’s performance was that they’re definitely capable of better, even with the weakened team. The midfield was atrocious, for instance.
They didn’t create a thing going forward and failed to cover the full-backs. Then there was Real’s third goal where Luka Modric just ghosted past Fabinho.
Yes, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip would have helped immensely. But the players out there were still good enough to compete.
They just didn’t show up.