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Liverpool defeated by classy Real Madrid

Real Madrid showed exactly why they are European champions and how far Liverpool have fallen down the pecking order with a 3-0 victory in a display which oozed class at Anfield.

Karim Benzema scored twice after Cristiano Ronaldo broke his six-match duck at the ground with a superb opener to edge within one of club icon Raul's all-time Champions League goalscoring record.

In the final analysis it was not even close. Real's first win - in fact first goals - in four meetings against the Reds came all too easily as they highlighted the gulf in class.

The Spanish side last visited Merseyside in 2009, at a time when Liverpool could conceivably argue they were still contenders for Europe's top honours.

Now they are feeling their way back into the

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