Gerrard: "I have more confidence in my teammates the bigger the game"

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has backed the side's performance level to rise against the best opposition as they prepare to take on Real Madrid.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said he has more confidence in his teammates when the game is of a bigger magnitude.

It's the biggest game of the Reds' season tonight as they take on Real Madrid at Anfield in what could be a crucial game in the context of their season, and in terms of their chances of qualifying from Group B.

Gerrard thinks the experience of performing well against the best sides on the domestic front last season can be a springboard for a good performance against the European Champions this evening.

He told the club's website: "I have more confidence in my teammates the bigger the game. We know how difficult the game is going to be but I'm really confident we can surprise a few people because we are a good team.

"We've had a stuttering season so far, but I just have confidence that the players are going to be up for this one. Every time there has been a big question asked of this squad we have always risen to the occasion and done really well.

"We always seem to play better the better the opposition are. You don't need much motivation when big hitters like Real Madrid come into town. We have got huge respect for them, they have got some of the best players in the world and it's going to be a very tough evening."

Liverpool have history of winning big European games against the odds and when they have been written off before, their magical run 10 season ago when they went on to lift the European Cup in the most incredible circumstances is proof of that.

They have admittedly had a stuttering start to the season but are handily placed in the Premier League, and a good result tonight will leave them a pretty good chance to qualify from Group B, despite their loss on Matchday two to Basel.

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