This is all everyone is going to be talking about for a couple of weeks now. Liverpool’s abysmal performance vs Real Madrid.
But hey, we’ve seen them down and out before, haven’t we? This is different, though. The circumstances are different, the players are different, the situation is different, the opposition is also different. The venue will be different. But, you can never truly write it off.
A comeback from a 5-2 deficit seems impossible, but Liverpool must try. They do not have another option. It’s either they try their hardest and win, maybe go through, or they try very hard, but end up losing the second leg itself. You do not know what will happen, but the outcome looks very predictable. In football, you never know.
As I mentioned, Liverpool have done it before, against their current opposition’s main rivals, but that’s the thing: Against Barcelona, the team was in their prime, and they were playing the second leg at Anfield. And, frankly, Barcelona are not really as good as Real Madrid, at least in the Champions League. Real are extremely good under pressure, so a comeback seems very, very difficult.
That’s what Steven Gerrard also said. When asked about it, Gerrard said that although you never know what will happen in a football game, Liverpool have a really, really big mountain to climb. It’s Real Madrid, at the end of the day, no matter how biased he is, no matter how optimistic he is about Liverpool’s chances, it is still Real Madrid that they are facing, which makes it difficult.
It’s also at the Santiago Bernabeu. We saw last season how much that matters. Real Madrid produced a plethora of comebacks in the Champions League on their way to the Champions League final, and they did once again at Anfield. Even if Liverpool go ahead, it might not be enough, that’s just how it is with Real.
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Liverpool are still a good team, so I can’t write them out, and I’ll never write them out. It’s going to be a hugely intense game in Madrid next month, and it’s either going to be incredible or horrible for all Liverpool fans involved. They will have to produce something magical, something not many people have been able to do in the past, something their opponents are known to do.