In the build-up to Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool, Madrid captain Luka Modric has been sharing his thoughts on the clash and how he sees the clash going.
According to a report by the Daily Express, the former Balon D’Or winner has expressed surprise over Liverpool’s struggles this season – but believes The Reds cannot be underestimated due to Los Blancos’ own patchy form.
“I am really surprised that Liverpool are so far from the first place in the Premier League, but they can also say the same about us at the moment in La Liga,” he said.
“So, I’m not saying anything!
“Seeing the Liverpool squad, we know that at any time they can react and start to come back in the season. I hope it won’t be in these two Champions League games against us but we have to be ready.
“Despite our league seasons, a Liverpool-Real match is one of the best shows that the world of football can offer. It’s a shame that the draw has led to us playing so early in the competition because it would have been a great Champions League final.
“In terms of this first leg I think defences could be the key. I don’t see a lot of goals in the match. It will probably be two very even matches, but I see Real as favourites and we’ll go to Anfield looking for a victory.”
Real Madrid and Liverpool have faced each other quite a lot over the past seasons in the UEFA Champions League, with Liverpool losing two finals against the Spanish giants including last season’s final as well as in 2018.
Although Liverpool have a better overall head-t0-head record with Real Madrid in the competition with 5 wins against 3, Los Blancos are unbeaten in their last 6 ties against The Reds. In fact, you’d have to go all the way back to 2009 for the last time Liverpool defeated Madrid.
With the added factor that Real Madrid knocked Liverpool out of the UEFA Champions League two seasons ago as well, many see this as an opportunity to gain some revenge for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Referencing this Modric added, “I understand that Liverpool will probably be seeking a sporting revenge against us. It is normal after the last results in European competitions between the two.
“But we’ll be ready. They will be two exciting matches, which is always the case when two great clubs of Spain and England face other. We believe we will go through.”