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Real Madrid v Liverpool — what a difference two months make

February 23, 2009

Back in December, when the draw for the first knock-out round of the Champions League was made, Liverpool could be forgiven for feeling pretty pleased with the prospect of renewing their acquaintance with Real Madrid. How different things look now.

Back then, Liverpool were top of the Premier League, six points ahead of a Manchester United side facing a fixture pile-up and struggling for form. Real Madrid, in apparent disarray after sacking coach Bernd Schuster, were 12 points behind Barcelona, having just lost 2-0 to their arch-rivals.

Now, Liverpool have all but conceded the title to United, while Real Madrid, inspired by Juande Ramos, have won nine league games in a row to give Barcelona plenty to think about. True, Real remain seven points behind Barca, exactly the same margin by which Liverpool trail United, but Ramos’s side will go into the tie bristling with confidence, while their opponents fight just to keep their season alive.

There are at least a couple of other uncomfortable facts for Liverpool to consider as they prepare for a first European Cup meeting with Real since the final in Paris in 1981.

Firstly, coach Rafa Benitez will know that Fernando Torres has a terrible record against Real Madrid. As an Atletico player, Torres could be relied upon to score against Barcelona and to come up short against Real. There was no real explanation for it. That’s just the way it was.

Secondly, it will not have escaped Liverpool’s notice that Raul has gradually played his way back into the sort of form that convinced Sir Alex Ferguson that he was the world’s best player.

Raul is two goals short of Gerd Mueller’s record of total European goals and he has that guile around the box English defences hate. Just ask Ferguson.

Liverpool’s faith will be pinned on Steven Gerrard, who has at least been passed fit enough for a place in the squad. A couple of inspirational performances from him and who knows? But without him, it’s hard to see Liverpool surviving to the last eight. And not many people were talking like that back in December.

PHOTO: Real Madrid’s Raul celebrates a goal during their Spanish First Division soccer match against Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid February 21, 2009. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Comments

This is gonna be a hell of a game. Real are in a great form and are eager more than ever to reach an advanced stage in the Champions League.

Liverpool fans feel much more better now after Gerrard was included in the squad list. He’ll be very influential for Liverpool.

My prediction is 1-0, Rau’l scores. Let’s see If I get that right.

 

I just cannot see Liverpool winning this one. Real looks too good for Liverpool.

However,Benitez has always proved otherwise.

 

> Liverpool’s faith will be pinned on Steven Gerrard,

Gerrard _and_ Alonso who is the way better than Mascherano or Lucas this season, and can not only destroy, but also manages to create.

 

I beleve that real madrid will win liverpoo 3-0

 

I NO THAT REAL MADRID WILL WIN LIVERPOOL 3-0

 

Real Madrid wil kick butt. Liverpool has no chance they suck. Real’s gonna make it 10 wins in arow. Juande’s the best coach ever. And Raul”s gonna tear up the defense. Plus Cannavaro is gonna be a brick wall.

Posted by RealRocks | Report as abusive
 

Real Madrid vs Liverpool FC is a surebet of 10.98% yielding a profit of $872.00.

This will be a close game; and I can see plenty of goals in both games, Real to win by the odd goal at home then Liverpool to win at Anfield and ultimately go through the tie on goal difference.Catch the action and the review at sports arbitrage union.

http://www.arbitrageunion.blogspot.com

 

this looks like a site for a bunch of real madrid fans ya’all should know better reds perform their best in champions league. i am gonna need apologies from all ya’all after the game is done. the only reason why real looked so good in la liga is because they have not played a team like liverpool. and please believe Torres is going to score in this game
Go reds

Posted by Torres | Report as abusive
 

Hi Torres … it will be interesting to see how your namesake does on Wednesday. Will he break the Bernabeu jinx at last?
And I can assure you, we’re all strictly impartial here:)

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

And dsjkvf, that’s interesting. I’d forgotten that Alonso is eligible again… Liverpool need a big game from him.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

i will go for liverpool. 1-2 .trust me.. im the best predictor in soccer

Posted by stevie g | Report as abusive
 

OK steveie g, I’m off down the bookies… you, if anyone, should know.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

Real Madrid will win at the Bernabeu. Just hope ,for liverpool’s sake, its not an embarassment.

Posted by Guba | Report as abusive
 

Typical statistical puke dredged up by another southern man u sycophant hack. Tedious cr&p (at best)!!!

Posted by JC | Report as abusive
 

The real madrid played a very nice game last week wednesday @ santiago bernabeu. unfortunately they lost and i hope they will win @ amfield by 2-0

 

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