Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid after the Spanish side won 1-0 in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Liverpool lost 5-2 at Anfield in the first leg, meaning the aggregate score was 6-2.

It’s Liverpool’s biggest ever aggregate defeat in a knockout tie in Europe.

Real Madrid have knocked Liverpool out of the Champions League in the last three seasons.

Los Blancos knocked the Reds out in the quarter final stage in 2021, the final in 2022 and the last 16 this season.

The first leg of the last 16 tie ended 5-2 to Real Madrid at Anfield. Photo credit: Gavin Ruffell.

The first half remained goalless, with both teams squandering good chances.

Madrid’s breakthrough came in the 78th minute after a sloppy clearance from Liverpool centre back Virgil van Dijk landed in Karim Benzema’s path.

The Madrid striker easily slotted home.

There was lengthy VAR check at the end of the game for a handball by Kostas Tsimikas.

Referee Felix Zwayer decided not to award a penalty after consulting the monitor.

Liverpool’s elimination from the Champions League means that no trophy will be on the cards for them this season.

They started their season with a 3-1 Community Shield victory against Manchester City, however they have already been knocked out of the League Cup and the FA Cup.

The priority for Liverpool will be securing Champions League football again for next season.

The Reds are currently sixth in the Premier League table, six points off fourth-placed Tottenham.

Liverpool’s League form has been inconsistent, with a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth following a 7-0 thrashing of Manchester United.

Liverpool’s focus will be on their remaining 12 Premier League games, with the side having no other competitions to play in.

(Featured image credit: Alamy images under agreed licence)