Liverpool fans will be ruing the performance of German goalkeeper Loris Karius, who made two crucial blunders which lead to goals, including Bale's second and Benzema's opener.
His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal - the Real right back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.
The victory on Saturday marked the third consecutive year that Real Madrid have won the tournament and the fourth such in five years, taking their total tally to a record 13 titles.
The former Real Madrid striker has been impressed by Egyptian rising star Mo Salah, who has starred this season with 44 goals in his first campaign with the Reds.
At the very highest level, the best players perform.
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Liverpool will hope he can recover and be as pivotal for them next season as they look to challenge for honours once again.
Clearly disconsolate and in a lot of pain, Liverpool's top scorer this season and the reigning PFA Player of the Year was replaced by English midfielder Adam Lallana then.
With both the teams not opening the scoreline, Liverpool fans had their heads in their hands as they saw their hero Salah walk straight down the tunnel to the dressing room.
Jurgen Klopp's men are the first English club to reach the final stage of the competition since Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in 2012 and while they go into the game as the underdogs, Real Madrid must not underestimate their firepower.
"It's a really serious injury", said Klopp.
Liverpool's only goal came when winger Sadio Mane netted four minutes later to equalise.