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Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-5 Real Madrid; 2023 UEFA Champions League Round of 16

A historic European night at Anfield as Real Madrid overturn a two goal deficit and score five unanswered goals.

Liverpool FC v Real Madrid: Round of 16 Leg One - UEFA Champions League Photo by Richard Callis/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

After months of anticipation, the Champions League returned with arguably the most mouth-watering fixture of the lot: Liverpool vs Real Madrid. It would be Ancelotti’s men doing the traveling for the first leg, experiencing the fortress that is Anfield on a European night. Despite an early two goal deficit, Real Madrid rallied back and scored five unanswered goals to mark a historic European night.

Full match player ratings below:

Thibaut Courtois—3: A night to forget for Thibaut Courtois. A nervy play with the ball at his feet led to a massive mistake and a 2nd goal conceded within the opening 15 minutes.

Dani Carvajal—8: Something about the big European nights re-ignites Carvajal’s best form. One blemish will be lack of communication on passing Darwin Nuñez on to Militao in the opening goal conceded.

Eder Militao—9: One of the best center backs in the world and his performance confirmed it. Scored a sneaky set-piece header right at the start of the second half and won the anticipated duel vs Darwin.

Toni Rudiger—8: The German’s best performance in a Real Madrid shirt. Defended admirably, putting his body on the line to block shots and head out clearances. His passing, in particular long driven passes, were near perfect.

David Alaba—5: Struggled with Salah’s pace and technical ability. Did not look 100% fit and came off early Ont he first half with an injury.

Eduardo Camavinga—8.5: What a performance from a 20-year-old as the lone pivot in a cathedral like Anfield. Struggled in the first 10 minutes with nerves, but gradually grew into the game. Got the better of Jordan Henderson physically and consistently broke through pressure with his comfort dribbling in the middle of the pitch.

Fede Valverde—8.5: Incredible performance, the Uruguayan never stopped running. Even when the team was struggling in the opening 15 minutes, Valverde was one of the few who played well and managed the pressure.

Luka Modric—8: His class was on show for all to see — at the end of the day, the Real Madrid midfield was far superior to the Liverpool midfield.

Rodrygo—8: Put in a massive shift defensively. Tracked back to mitigate Andy Robertson’s attacking runs and worked just as hard to get back up the pitch. Was smooth and comfortable on the ball. Managed an assist to Benzema on the fourth goal of the game.

Vinicius Junior—10: Real Madrid’s franchise player. One of the most decisive players in the world. Terrorized Trent Alexander Arnold and Joe Gomez. Finished the game with two vital goals and an assist. It was a historic performance from the Brazilian, one that only enhances his ongoing legacy.

Karim Benzema—8.5: King Karim brought back his best for a big European night. Scored two goals and managed an assist to help Madrid overturn a two-goal deficit.


Nacho—9: Klopp and Ancelotti were both full of praise for Nacho after the match ended. The utility man slotted in at left back and immediately improved the Real Madrid side. Shut down any attack down Madrid’s left and nullified Salah’s threat. Got forward with good effect and looked extremely confident and composed on the ball.

Dani Ceballos—N/A: Late change in the middle of midfield with the game already won.

Toni Kroos—N/A: Played the final three minutes of the match having recovered from the flu.

Marco Asensio—N/A: Late change to see out the game.

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