The story of Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in photos

26 May 2018

Liverpool hearts were broken as Real Madrid secured a 3-1 victory in the Champions League final on Saturday night.


Liverpool supporters turned up in their numbers to paint Kyiv red and turn the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex into an Eastern-European Anfield.

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool fans place flag and banners around Shevchenko Park ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool fans place flag and banners around Shevchenko Park ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool supporters and their banners during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp named his strongest lineup, and all eyes were on Player of the Year, Mohammed Salah.

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's players line-up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. Back row L-R: goalkeeper Loris Karius, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah. Front row L-R: Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, captain Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

But during a goalless first half, Salah fell victim to a challenge by Real’s Sergio Ramos to end his game with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is treated for an injury after being assaulted by Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Real took the lead six minutes into the second half when Loris Karius inexplicably rolled the ball into the path of Karim Benzema, who broke the deadlock.

Despite protests from the German goalkeeper, the goal stood.

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Liverpool responded in the best way possible, Sadio Mane firing home from close range.

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the first goal to equalise the score at 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

But Karius could do nothing about Gareth Bale restoring Real’s lead with a stunning bicycle kick from outside the area.

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius is beaten as Real Madrid's Gareth Bale scores the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius looks dejected after gifting Real Madrid the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Karius then let the ball slip through his fingers from another Bale shot to seal Real’s victory and compound Liverpool’s misery.

Devastation for Karius, devestation for Liverpool.

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected after Real Madrid score the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson looks dejected as his side lose during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. Real Madrid won 3-1. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

KIEV, UKRAINE - Saturday, May 26, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane looks dejected as his side lose during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. Real Madrid won 3-1. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

The Reds will now lick their wounds over the summer, as Klopp plots for another surge to the final next season.

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