As Telecomasia.net reports, former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has spoken in a recent interview about what chances the Reds have against Real Madrid.
According to the Englishman, his former club have enough strength to resist the Spanish side and qualify for the semi-finals. The quarter-final matches are very interesting and tense and Crouch is confident that Liverpool can cope with the pressure of Madrid despite all the problems the Reds have faced this season.
Former Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers, who recently stated that the level of players and coaching will enable the club to win the Champions League this year, also agrees with him. He believes Liverpool will be able to adapt to their style of play and beat them.
Liverpool qualified from first place (13 points) ahead of Atalanta (11), Ajax (7) and Midtjylland (2) in the Champions League this season. Jürgen Klopp’s side beat Leipzig 4-0 (2-0, 2-0) on aggregate in the 1/8 finals to advance to the quarter-finals.
Apart from Liverpool, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern, Porto, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid qualified for the quarter-finals, with the latter being Jürgen Klopp’s opponents. The Reds will play Spain away on 6 April and then return to Anfield on 14 April.
The last time Liverpool faced Zinedine Zidane’s side was in the 2018 Champions League final. For the Reds, the game ended in a 1-3 defeat. However, Madrid are now a less formidable opponent. The club suffers from constant injuries to key players (by this measure they are number one in Spain), they are without Cristiano Ronaldo and in La Liga Real are in third place, behind Atletico and Barcelona. The club have been eliminated from the national cups.
Liverpool are currently 7th in the EPL table with 46 points. The club is also suffering from injuries this season and unfortunately has no chance of winning the league, so Jürgen Klopp and his team will be determined to make a success of the Champions League by fighting back against Madrid.
We can definitely say that fans are in for a very interesting encounter. Winning will largely depend on the squads, which is especially true given the identical problems of both clubs. Real Madrid and Liverpool are the most high-status pairing in the quarter-finals (they have 19 Champions League victories between them) and the battle for a new title will be unrelenting.