The intense Liverpool pressure crashed down on Real Madrid as the Spanish champions secured their passage to the Champions League semi-finals with a 0-0 draw against Liverpool.
Last week’s 3-1 victory in Valdebedas proved to be more than enough for Zinedine Zidane’s side, who overcame an early wave of pressure from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in a fine defensive display where Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao blocked everything that came their way.
Liverpool were certainly improved from the error-strewn side who ultimately lost the tie in the first leg but a Madrid side without defensive mainstays Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos rarely looked like buckling at an empty Anfield. Where once 50,000 supporters might have helped inspire a late surge this tie instead petered out in front of an empty Kop, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s side must now focus on recovering a top four berth if they are to return to the Champions League next season.
Madrid, meanwhile, will face Chelsea in the semifinals with both sides looking to have the sort of stout defense that Liverpool so lacked in the first leg.