Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has identified Real Madrid’s counter attacks as the key area for the Reds to defend this evening.
Moreno could start on the left hand side of the Liverpool defence for the Champions League clash and he says his experiences against Real Madrid during his Sevilla days mean he knows what to expect ahead of the game.
“I know what to expect. I know they can be lethal on the counter-attack as well as being very good defensively too,” he told Liverpool’s website.
“I believe we all have to pay special attention to their counter-attacks. Mainly Javier [Manquillo] and I, along with Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique, as we play in defence and we'll be facing those who I think are their best and fastest players, who can win the game for Real Madrid at any moment.”
Moreno played in a Sevilla defence, which conceded seven goals against Real Madrid in La Liga but his experience of having previously played against them may be the reason he gets the nod from Brendan Rodgers ahead of Jose Enrique.
His comments also suggest that Liverpool could be invited onto Real Madrid at the start of the game, encouraging the sort of fast start which became so familiar with this Liverpool side last season.
Where the Reds can cash in is using the atmosphere and the occasion to their advantage but they have to be careful not to leave too much space in behind, which Real’s players can exploit.
Liverpool are helped by the fact Gareth Bale isn’t available for the game; arguably Real Madrid’s quickest player.
One of Bale’s best goals in his debut season at Real Madrid involved him leaving the pitch to sprint round an opponent who had a head start on him, before reaching the ball and poking it in with a neat finish.
Real have other quick players, but it’s important Liverpool take advantage this evening when they do have spells of the game where they are on top.