Phil Thompson says Reds will beat Real Madrid - Here's why

Former Liverpool player Phil Thompson says that the Reds will beat Real Madrid when they face them in the Champions League.

Former Liverpool ace Phil Thompson believes that the Reds will beat Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Liverpool take on the Spanish giants at Anfield in their next game late this month in Europe's elite competition and Thompson feels that they will thrive as the underdogs. 

Brendan Rodgers side have failed to impress against Ludogorets or Basel so far since returning to the Champions League, but the pundit is expecting a big turnaround when they face Madrid at Anfield.

“It’s going to be a sensational night at Anfield for the first Real Madrid game," he wrote in his Sky Sports column. "They will up the ante, the players. Everybody will be up for it and they’ll make it difficult for Real.

“Liverpool will win that game. Absolutely, it happens, it’s at Anfield. It will be an incredible night, they’ll turn it on, crank up the pressure and it will be totally different.”

Despite Thompson's confidence it will still be a surprise if Liverpool are to be able to cause a shock victory against Madrid. 

The Reds have been far off the pace so far this campaign and will need to transform their season quickly if they are to meet expectations.

After a brilliant season last year, where they rose to second in the table, anticipation was high around Anfield, but a series of poor performances have deflated the atmosphere somewhat.

The club are struggling in the bottom half of the Premier League and their two games in the Champions League have done little to suggest that they will progress very far in the competition.

Although they did beat Ludogorets a last minute winner against the Bulgarian minnows was required for the three points and a loss against Basel yesterday could prove costly. 

Liverpool are likely to have to battle it out with the Swiss side for second place in their group - with Madrid expected to finish top - and their failure to avoid defeat may harm their chances of qualifying. 

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