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More goals, more passes, more chances - How Real could silence Anfield

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Real Madrid could make it a very difficult evening for Liverpool tomorrow based on the Champions League stats so far.

Liverpool V Real Madrid H2H

Liverpool will go into the Champions League game against Real Madrid as the slight underdogs but with a vibrant and loud home support roaring them on.

Brendan Rodgers will want to see more from his team than they showed in the 1-0 defeat away at FC Basel, but opponents don’t come much tougher than the reigning European champions.

The immediate difference, which jumps out is the fact that Real Madrid’s attack has been so effective in the competition already.

However, Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the match and there is a doubt over the fitness of Karim Benzema, which could leave Cristiano Ronaldo under extreme pressure up front.

Real have also played more accurate passes in the competition so far, creating more big chances to score goals, which suggests they have been using possession more effectively.

Where Liverpool can dominate the midfield battle is with aggression and maintaining the impressive tackling stats they have already shown in the competition.

If they can make it difficult for Real Madrid to settle and utilise their strengths, Rodgers will be confident that one of his attacking players can put away a chance, which would give the Reds three points.

Conclusion: This has a classic air about it between a side with greater quality and considered favourites going to a team looking to utilise their home environment and use a quick start to get ahead.

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