When Cristiano Ronaldo turned to go, Anfield started to boo him and then, thinking better of it, began to applaud generously. It was not quite the standing ovation Old Trafford had given the Brazilian Ronaldo after his hat-trick for Madrid against Manchester United in 2003 but it was a sign that, however passionate, they are rarely a one-eyed crowd.
The flick of his ankle that produced Madrid’s opening goal is one of the finest Anfield will see this season and his contest with Martin Skrtel was like a Ferrari accelerating past an articulated truck. Frankly, Real had expended more sweat overcoming Ludogorets Razgrad in the previous round.
They did not have to be frighteningly good in Bulgaria but sometimes they were last night. This was the Real Madrid that went to Munich, humbled Bayern 4-0, and inflicted on Pep Guardiola what he described as the worst night of his career.