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Liverpool Vs Real Madrid, Champions League 2014-15: Player Ratings

A fantastic night for Real Madrid as they conquered Anfield with a great 3-0 win.

Alex Livesey

Iker Casillas: 8 The GK made a a few nice saves, especially one against Allen, but also had his usual struggles in the air when the game was still 0-0. Not spectacular, but he was far from being bad tonight.

Álvaro Arbeloa: 7 He was often targeted by Liverpool's attackers, but was able to solve most situations appropriately. Very solid on defense, but like he always is, a non-factor as an attacker.

Pepe: 9 Remember how good he was last year? Well, he's playing like that again. He and Varane formed a wall that stopped Liverpool every time they lurked outside Iker's box. Also, he contributed with an assist on Benzema's second goal.

Raphäel Varane: 8 Varane and Pepe were able to contain Sterling and Balotelli especially during Liverpool's intense first 15 minutes and were pretty flawless during the rest of the game.

Marcelo (85'): 7 He ran all night long but most of his crosses were poor. He was a good threat as an attacker on that left side and offered a good alternative for Cristiano and Isco when they didn't find any options inside the box.

Toni Kroos (80'): 9 Great game by the German, who completed 86 of 88 passes. He helped set the pace and find the best places to attack with quick, brilliant passes all over the pitch. He assisted Karim on Real Madrid's second goal.

Luka Modric: 9 Another amazing performance by Modric. He was everywhere and contributed with more than his usual playmaking ability as he was there to pressure and recover a couple times. With Kroos, they controlled and dominated that midfield tonight.

Isco: 10 Isco Alarcón was absolutely phenomenal, and was the key player to tame a very wild Liverpool (and their amazing fans) during the start of the game. He simply did it all. Whenever he made a mistake, he fixed it immediately. He created chances for his team and also helped destroyed Liverpool's. He's a phenom. How can you bench him right now?

James Rodríguez: 8 The Colombian delivered an assist for the ages on Ronaldo's first goal and had a very good game overall. James even contributed with high-pressing and was often inside his own territory to recover quickly and set up dangerous plays. He keeps getting better and better.

Cristiano Ronaldo (74'): 9.5 Ronaldo is without a doubt the best player in the world right now and Anfield recognised that as he left the pitch at the 74th minute applauded by every fan on the stands. He's one goal away from Raúl's record, and would've tied him if it wasn't for a brilliant save by Mignolet. Still, his goal and all the chances he created were ridiculous. It's just a matter of time before he shatters Raúl's record.

Karim Benzema: 10 Brilliant game for Karim Benzema, scoring a brace and creating lots of chances for his teammates, including what would've been the 4-0 that was wasted by Cristiano. He's one of the best attackers in the world and by far the best fit for this team. Hopefully his critics will soon realize just how amazing he is.

Sami Khedira ('74, Ronaldo): NQ It's great to have him back, but the game was already over when he came in. He looked good in those 16 minutes though. Still, there's no point in grading him or the other two subs.

Asier Illarramendi (80', Kroos): NQ

Nacho (85', Marcelo): NQ

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