Mark Lawrenson Rips into Liverpool – “They Paid the Price”

Mark Lawrenson was speaking to BBC Sport, and was very disappointed in his former club the way they played and believes they have an uphill task in trying to turn the tie around.

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“Tuesday was an awful night for Liverpool,”

“The first half was a mess, basically. There was no urgency or ideas on the ball – Liverpool created nothing – and no energy or intensity off it.

“To stop Real you have to stop their midfielders from playing, because they are the heartbeat of the team. Liverpool didn’t do that, and they paid the price.”

“Mistakes led to both of Real’s goals before the break, but Liverpool looked likely to concede all the time whenever they came under pressure and, defensively, they looked well off the pace.

“Liverpool still have a chance of rescuing themselves (in the second leg), but I have not seen much evidence to suggest they can pull it off.”

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