Cristiano Ronaldo sends Champions League warning to Liverpool

Liverpool thumped Real Madrid 5-0 on aggregate the last time the two sides met in the Champions League, but Cristiano Ronaldo warns his side are out to settle the score this time around.

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.

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