A standing ovation from the Liverpool fans for Luka Modric and Karim Benzema

A number of Liverpool fans paid tribute to Luka Modric and Karim Benzema during Real Madrid’s stunning 5-2 win at Anfield, with the Ballon d’Or winners at their best as Los Blancos came back from 2-0 down in the 14th minute to take a hat-trick with 20 minutes left

Both players defied age as 35-year-old Benzema and 37-year-old Modric overtook the Reds and left them needing a miracle at the Bernabéu. Stefan Bagcetic – who is less than half his age

They were then replaced by manager Carlo Ancelotti in the 87th minute – and were given a warm welcome by the Liverpool fans, and a number of home fans were seen applauding the two modern greats as they left the pitch in favor of Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio

Liverpool know Benzema’s quality better than most clubs, with the French star scoring more goals against them in the Champions League than any other player (6)

Meanwhile, Real Madrid became the first team to score five goals against the Reds in a single European match since Ajax in 1966. Real Madrid is the first team to score five goals at Anfield in the Champions League

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