Liverpool’s vice-captain Jordan Henderson cannot wait to face the current Champions League holders on what promises to be a tremendous European night at Anfield.
Having signed from Sunderland during the Kenny Dalglish era at Anfield, he took a couple of seasons to adjust to life with his new club. The 24-year-old’s progress under manager Brendan Rodgers has been astonishing, and he has now asserted himself as an automatic pick for both Liverpool and Engalnd.
Wednesday's match is a significant reminder of just how far he has progressed under the Northern Irishman. Speaking of the occasion, he said, according to The Daily Mail, "I was pleased when the draw was made because you want to be playing against best teams.
"Real Madrid were the best team in Europe and have the best players too. Facing the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo can only make you improve and help your own game."
It is a big game for us and a big test. But we’ll go into it and play without any fear," he continued. “Champions League nights are fantastic at Anfield and I’m sure that will be the case even more with it being Real."
Liverpool registered a narrow 3-2 victory over bottom-placed Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Sunday, in what was effectively their final warm-up match before taking on the reigning European champions on Wednesday.
It's fair to say the Merseyside outfit will need to step up to the occasion if they wish to overcome Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of Madrid stars. With just thee points from their opening two group matches, the club's chances of progression to the knock-out rounds look slim at the moment.