Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is relishing the prospect of a Champions League double-header against Liverpool, after being drawn in the same group as his former Premier advisories.
The two sides were paired tighter in Group B of the competition, alongside both Swiss and Bulgarian champions FC Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad, with Liverpool fans moved to recall their 5-0 aggregate drubbing of the Spanish giants in the last-16 of the 2008-09 competition.
Still with Manchester United at that stage, Ronaldo’s current teammates Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Marcelo were all a part of the side which fell 4-0 to the Reds in the second-leg at Anfield, however, and the Portuguese forward has vowed the scoreline will be different this time around.
‘Liverpool are a fantastic team,’ he told reporters after the draw in Monaco.
‘They came very close last year to winning the Premier League so we know it’s going to be a very tough game at Anfield.
‘Of course I know that it’s a very difficult place to go, although I won there a few times with United.
‘I know what happened the last time Real played Liverpool, but I was not there then,’ he added. ‘Now it’s different. Every game has a different story. We are a different team, with a different coach.
‘Liverpool are different too, so let’s see who’s going to be the best. But it will be nice for me to face Liverpool. I’ve never played there since I came to Real Madrid.’
Helping Real clinch their 10th European title – “La Decima” – after a 4-1 extra time win over rivals Atletico Madrid in last season’s final, Ronaldo’s side are now bidding to become the first team of the post-1992 Champions League era to claim back-to-back titles.
Topping their group could make their path somewhat easier, but doing so at the expense of Brendan Rodgers’ outfit will prove a far from straightforward task.