Liverpool’s bid for a seventh Champions League title was ended as Real Madrid battled to a 0-0 draw at Anfield to secure a 3-1 aggregate win and a place in the semi-finals.
Trailing 3-1 from last week’s first leg, Jurgen Klopp’s side knew they needed a fast start and that is exactly what they got, however, they spurned glorious chances with Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum the guilty parties in the first half, while Thibaut Courtois had to be alert to keep out James Milner’s long-range effort.
Real Madrid were a constant threat on the break and they went close to a crucial away goal in the first half when Karim Benzema’s deflected strike struck the foot of the post, but after the break Liverpool continued to press forward.
However, they just could not find a way through the Spanish team’s well-organised defence as their European dreams came to an end for another season.
Victory over the two legs means Real Madrid, who are trying to win the competition for a 14th time, face another English test in the last four where they will meet Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s attentions now turn to trying to seal a place in next season’s Champions League through a top-four finish in the Premier League, starting next Monday when they travel to Leeds, live on Sky Sports on Monday Night Football.