Brendan Rodgers backs Liverpool's young players to be better after Real Madrid tie

The likes of Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho are set to experience the biggest game of their careers this evening.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects his younger players to be richer for the experience of playing against Real Madrid in tonight's game at Anfield.

The Reds have several young players at their disposal who will be playing the biggest game of their careers this evening, with some playing only their third game in the competition.

Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Games like this in this year’s competitions will serve as great experience for the young players.

“We are are a very young side. There were only two teams in the Premier League that were younger than us last season - one was Aston Villa, who almost got relegated, and Cardiff, who did. That tells me how well the young players did.

“This season they have got some big games and experiences ahead so there is no doubt this will help them. It will be a special night for them and no matter the result it will make them better players."

At least five of Liverpool's expected starting XI tonight are enjoying their first season of Champions League football, whilst there are other members of the side who have never faced the reigning European Champions before.

In the two games so far there has certainly been room for improvement but Liverpool fans will be hoping that the players have more of an idea of what the competition is all about.

Raheem Sterling is going to have a lot of expectation on him tonight as he has been rated as the side's best player so far this season, and highlighted as the man most likely to give the visitors problems this evening, though the likes of Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen in the middle of the park are tasked with winning a tough midfield battle. 

This season was always going to have a learning curve element to it for the Liverpool side, but they are hoping that it won't be a lesson in footballing terms from their star-studded opposition tonight.

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