It’s the big game today… Real Madrid are visiting Anfield in what is the biggest test for Liverpool at Anfield in a long time.
The last time these two teams met was back in the last 16 of the Champions League in the 2008/09 season. Liverpool destroyed Madrid at Anfield 4 – 0 with goals from Fernando Torres, a Steven Gerrard brace and Andrea Dossena. In the return leg Liverpool ran out 1 – 0 winners with a single goal from Yossi Benayoun in the 82nd minute. This time I expect it will be a completely different game.
Whereas Liverpool are currently struggling to defend, having conceded 12 goals in 8 games – most of them preventable, Real Madrid are top scorers in La Liga scoring 30 goals – 25 of them in their last 5 games! Cristiano Ronaldo, who is responsible for half of Real Madrids league goals this season, is their main attacking threat and has single handedly scored more goals in La Liga himself than Liverpool have managed to muster against QPR, West Brom, Everton, West Ham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Manchester City and Southampton.
We have “Super” Mario Balotelli – minus the super.
Unfortunately for Balotelli, he’s seen as the replacement for Luis Suarez and as we all know, Suarez is a one in a million player who can never be 100% replaced. Manhattan Doc has a great write-up over on SeeingRedOnline about similar players to Suarez who could go a long way to replace him (if you’re easily offended by some swearing then don’t click the link) including the likes of Theo Walcott and Xherdan Shaqiri.
I have this vision in my head of Real Madrid putting 6 or 7 past us tonight with ease, and with our team struggling to produce the scintillating football that we played last season, I’m sure there are a lot of you out there with the same vision.
Thing is, football is a funny old game. You never know. It only takes one mistimed tackle from Pepe on Raheem Sterling and the game could turn on its head, or Real Madrid having their minds on El Clasico, allowing us to sneak a 1 – 0 win from a headed goal by Lovren in the 8th minute of injury time.
Are we going to roll over like a Chihuahua having his tummy tickled or are we going to go out like Bulldogs and tear them a new arsehole? Probably the former and going off the football betting tips out there, its not going to be the latter – no matter how much I want it to be.
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