Liverpool morning news, Real Madrid build-up as Rodgers and Gerrard urge side to seize chance

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning ahead of their Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his players could become legends this evening if they end up toppling European Champions Real Madrid at Anfield.

The Reds are huge underdogs after failing to convince with their performances of late, but ahead of the game Rodgers seems to urge his side to embrace the occasion of tonight's glamour tie.

He told reporters last night: “The performances in the big games, if you make a big contribution that is what the supporters remember.

“We are going into the game on the back of some up and down performances but underpinning all the great football last season was a spirit and character in the group and that is serving us well at the moment.

“The players will go into the game to get a result for the team and what can come from that is legendary status.”

Alongside him at the press conference yesterday was captain Steven Gerrard who scored twice in this fixture when the two sides last met in 2009 - as the Reds hammered Real 4-0 at Anfield.

Gerrard reiterated that Liverpool can't afford any passengers in a game like this if they are to get a good result against a side of such quality.

The Liverpool captain seemed to embrace the underdogs tag, saying: “I think most places Real Madrid go with the current players and the form they are in, they are expected to win.

“I understand those opinions. But football is football, shocks are there, upsets happen.

“Yes, we understand we are the underdogs but with the atmosphere we have here and the players raising their game for a game like this I think it is possible to cause an upset.

“When big questions get asked of this team, especially last year when big hitters come to town, we raised our games."

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