When Brendan Rogers’ team sheet was released before Liverpool’s game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, many fans, and pundits, feared the worst. Rogers decided to rest a number of his first team regulars, including Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling and Glen Johnson. Many predicted that Liverpool were going to be in for a rough night, and that for Madrid, it would simply be a matter of how many they scored. Rogers’ men, however, put in a gritty performance to restrict Madrid to a 1-0 win and leave with minimal damage done.
The result is in no way a ‘success’ for Liverpool, as the line-up showed no real ambition, but it could have been a much worse night had Ronaldo and co. had their shooting boots on. Not all was negative at the Bernabeu though, as Liverpool fans made sure Adrian Chiles knew they were there after the final whistle.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the game:
Liverpool B fared better in Madrid than Liverpool A at Anfield. But keeping the score down isn’t what they’re about in Europe.
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) November 4, 2014
Liverpool only got morally thrashed today, great result considering the game plan.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) November 4, 2014
Piss poor from Liverpool to be so negative. Dont give me all that claptrap about decent show.
— Craig Burley (@CBurleyESPN) November 4, 2014
Good performance by Liverpool? Ony if you look at the result. I feel it was a big sight of relief by the team. No big/enough chances created
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) November 4, 2014
Did I miss something? Liverpool lost again didn’t they? Regardless of reserves giving it a go. Any hope disappeared with that team selection
— George Riley (@georgeyboy) November 4, 2014
3000 Liverpool fans chanting “Adrian Chiles is a w*nker is a w*nker’ in the stadium. Right behind Chiles himself.
— Transfer Centre (@CentreTransfer) November 4, 2014
CLASS: Real Madrid banner at the Bernabéu tonight: “Welcome Liverpool supporters, great clubs have great fans.” pic.twitter.com/4ICKnlkNK9
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) November 4, 2014
Liverpool actually did pretty well there considering. Madrid have averaged three goals a game in last 13 Champions League ties at Bernabeu.
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) November 4, 2014
— Roycey (@officialroycey) November 4, 2014
I hope Rodgers opts to set-up like this again for Liverpool. It’s a night where you feel like you learnt a lot about the team.
— The Football Front (@ReviewFootball) November 4, 2014