3-1: Footballing masterclass against Barcelona
Goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Benzema cancelled out the visitors' opener and ensured a ninth successive win for Real Madrid.
Florentino Pérez presented him with a watch and a shirt signed by the whole squad.
At Anfield he played his 143rd match in the competition, equalling Xavi.
Thousands of fans showed their support for the squad as the team bus arrived at the stadium.
He is a contender alongside Leo Messi and Giovanni, with the prize presented on 27 October at the LFP Awards Ceremony.