Fallen Giants Seek Revival As Real Madrid, Liverpool Battle Again
Liverpool’s last dance with Real Madrid ended in painful defeat, with Mohamed Salah’s shoulder dislocated by Sergio Ramos dragging him to the ground and goalkeeper Loris Karius left apologising to his fans.
Yet Karius’s two errors, which handed Madrid a 13th European triumph in the 2018 Champions League final, were also the start of a journey for Liverpool.
Karius was ruthlessly cast aside and Alisson Becker signed for a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
A year later Liverpool was the one hoisting the Champions League trophy after beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid. Last season, an even heavier burden was lifted when they were crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years.
But those highs have been followed by a fall from grace as Liverpool prepares to face Real again in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Madrid on Tuesday.