Defeat by Real Madrid ‘a reality check for Liverpool’

Liverpool's loss to Real Madrid shows just how far they still have to go, says former Anfield legend Jan Molby

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Jan Molby has warned Liverpool that their midweek defeat by Real Madrid showed just how far the team still needs to go.

The Reds lost the Champions League tie 3-0 at Anfield, with two goals from Karim Benzema and one from Cristiano Ronaldo putting the game beyond doubt before half time.

And Molby, who played 292 times for Liverpool, scoring 61 goals, was critical of their recent defensive record, particularly against balls into the box.

“The first goal was outstanding but the second and the third goals should have been dealt with,” Molby told the Liverpool Echo.

“QPR’s two goals last weekend came from crosses as well and it’s a real problem area.

“The marking was non-existent and Benzema took advantage. Mistakes at the back keep happening. Why was Pepe allowed to chest the ball down in the box? There was far too much space.”

Molby saved his praise for Real Madrid, whom he described as having played within themselves in the game’s second half.

“We put a lot of energy into the opening stages against Real. We broke up their play, we pressed and harassed them but we lacked that bit of quality.

“It was almost like after 20 minutes they thought ‘is that all you’ve got?’ and then decided to show what an excellent side they are,” he said.

“Brendan Rodgers and his players have been rightly praised for the progress made over the past 18 months, but Wednesday was a reminder for everyone about how far they have to go. For the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson, that’s the next level they need to get to.”

Liverpool will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they host Hull in the Premier League this weekend.

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