- Nasima Akter
Real Madrid Shows Respect With Song for Liverpool
In a night filled with drama and tension, Real Madrid secured their spot in yet another Champions League quarter-final with a 6-2 aggregate victory over last year's finalists, Liverpool. However, it was a touching gesture by the Madrid side that caught the attention of many in the stadium.
Following their win, the iconic 'You'll Never Walk Alone' tune rang out across Anfield, with Madrid players joining in the singing. Many were left scratching their heads, wondering if this was just a form of trolling by the Spanish side. However, it quickly became apparent that the gesture was a mark of respect between the two teams.
Explanation Behind the Song
The reason behind the change in music has since been revealed, with Madrid using the opportunity to express their gratitude for Liverpool's tribute to their honorary president Amancio Amaro, who passed away in February.
Amaro was a legend of the Madrid club, playing 471 games and scoring 155 goals during his time there. Liverpool paid their respects to him before their first-leg Anfield defeat against Madrid, and the Spanish side responded with their rendition of the Reds' anthem.
The gesture was praised by former Liverpool and Madrid players Steve McManaman and Michael Owen, who were working as pundits on BT Sport. Both described it as a 'class act' that showed respect between the two teams.
What Happened in the Match
Real Madrid's performance during the match was impressive, as they showed a balanced and controlled approach to attacking and defending. Their experience in the Champions League was evident, and their long-time nemesis Benzema scored a goal to cap off their display.
In contrast, Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk made a misjudgment, which gave Vinicius Jr a second chance to pass to Benzema and score a crucial goal in the 78th minute, effectively ending Liverpool's chances of winning.
Klopp's attacking strategy aimed to score goals but also made Liverpool vulnerable to counter-attacks. Alisson's exceptional performance saved Liverpool's goal multiple times in the first half.
He made remarkable saves, including a close-range volley from Vinicius Jr and a long-range effort from Eduardo Camavinga that hit the crossbar and went over.
Liverpool tried to come back, but Real Madrid had more opportunities to score. Benzema missed a chance but then scored, making it his seventh goal against Liverpool. Klopp's team lost, and Real Madrid won.
What's Next for Real Madrid and Liverpool
While Madrid basked in the glory of their victory, Liverpool was left to ponder what might have been as they were knocked out of yet another competition.
However, there is still hope for the Reds. With the international break providing a much-needed break, they can regroup and prepare for their next match against reigning champions Manchester City on April 1. It's a chance for Jurgen Klopp's side to prove they still have what it takes to compete at the highest level.
As for Madrid, they continue to dominate in Europe's elite competition, providing joy amid an underwhelming league campaign. With the quarter-finals looming, they will be hoping to continue their impressive form and take one step closer to the ultimate prize.