Former Liverpool skipper Graeme Souness believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is not what he used to but still thinks he is a massive threat.
The Champions League final is this week and as you might be able to tell by the way that Manchester United and Everton supporters are terribly miserable, Liverpool are in it. With a very realistic chance of winning the whole thing, fans are gearing up for a potentially legendary night of football.
With Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah spearheading the Reds’ attack, a win in Kiev is hardly out of the question.
Of course, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will have something to say about that. At the mature age of 33, Graeme Souness believes the Portugal international is past his prime but will still be a danger for Liverpool to contend with.
Writing in his column in the Sunday Times, Souness explained how he views as a major threat despite being past his otherworldly best.
“It’s dangerous to say he’s past his best because he can still produce something special, as he did against Juventus in Turin,” Souness wrote.
“I hope it doesn’t come back to bite me, and Liverpool, but he’s not quite the power he was, no longer has the pace to get away from people instantly.
“He spends a lot of time on his bum now, complaining he’s been fouled and plays the width of the box. He’s still capable of great things but, like Real, nowhere near where he was even 12 months ago.”
In 43 games this season, Ronaldo has scored 44 goals – the same as Salah and we regard him as a threat to any defence.
Despite agreeing with Souness to an extent, I can’t ignore the trepidation that I have at the thought of Ronaldo lining up against Liverpool even if I think the front three of Mané, Salah and Firmino are more than capable of firing the Reds to European glory.