The Brazilianwith the sharpest feet, Vinicius Jnr, scored the only goal after the break to help the Spanish champions carry the night.
Liverpool took the fight to a cautious Madrid, who almost broke the deadlock with a late counter.
The Reds were denied by a combination of Courtois and the goalframe. Their opponents remained very much in the contest and are proven to be particularly potent in the final 20 minutes of matches.
Late in the final minutes of the first half, Madrid's "goal" was disallowed owing to Fabinho's inadvertent final touch, which rolled straight into the path of Benzema, causing the latter to be judged offside.
Liverpool's defense was undoubtedly great against the Spanish champions, who were weathering storms before capitalizing clinically at half-time.
Just before the hour mark, Vinicius sneaked in behind Alexander-Arnold and scored at the back post to give Madrid a 1-0 lead.
The Brazilian's well-timed run and clinical finish from the left side of the six-yard box rewarded Valverde's excellent effort down the right flank.
Real Madrid defended well to finish the game.
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