Former Liverpool defender backs Liverpool’s fans to make an incredible atmosphere at Anfield.
Former Liverpool assistant manager Phil Thompson has backed the Reds to beat Real Madrid when the Champions League holders come to Anfield for the first of the two side’s double header, Sky Sports reports.
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Brendan Rodgers’ side have struggled so far this season and lost their latest Champions League match to Swiss side FC Basle, meaning they currently sit third in Group B.
However, despite his former sides poor form, Thompson believes the Reds will relish being the underdogs against Los Blancos and backs them to come out of the match with all three points.
”Real Madrid will be completely different [to Basel],” Thompson told Sky Sports News HQ.
”It’s going to be a sensational night at Anfield for the first Real Madrid game. They will up the ante, the players. Everybody will be up for it and they’ll make it difficult for Real.
”Liverpool will win that game. Absolutely, it happens, it’s at Anfield. It will be an incredible night, they’ll turn it on, crank up the pressure and it will be totally different.”
Despite his confidence in Liverpool for the match against Real Madrid, Thompson has warned that his former team will need to drastically improve if they are going to challenge for trophies this season.
”Generally, Steven Gerrard got it spot on, and it’s awful when you have to admit to everybody – they wanted it more than we did. And that was certainly the case last night,” the Sky Sports pundit said.
”They wanted it more, they passed the ball better. You look at the pitch and think it’s poor so Liverpool couldn’t pass it very well – Basel could. They were doing all things better than Liverpool in all departments.”
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