Liverpool are going to have to pull out something special this week. The Reds head into the second leg of their Champions League quarter final with a two goal deficit to overturn. Gary Neville has said a full Anfield would help Liverpool to victory over Real Madrid but an empty stadium isn’t as intimidating.
Liverpool deficit v Real Madrid
The Reds were utterly dreadful in the first half of the first leg.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were lucky to go in just two goals down.
They were thoroughly battered and deservedly so, constantly giving the ball away and not pressuring the opposition.
An away goal in the second half has given the Reds a glimmer of hope but they still have to overturn a two goal deficit with the aggregate score at 3-1.
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Gary Neville on Reds chances
The Reds have pulled off some dramatic comebacks at Anfield before, quite a few of them in the Champions League.
However, an empty stadium poses a different challenge. Gary Neville isn’t overly convinced of the Reds’ chances, telling his podcast:
“They were poor in Madrid in midweek, really poor. They have left themselves a lot to do.
“I’m not sure they have got it in them to do it, because at Anfield they have not been great, even against Aston Villa they are scrambling to win in the last minute.
“Crowd in, it’s a different story, but I think they are going to go out of the Champions League. I might be wrong.”
What RTK has to say
Can we even argue with him?
We gave ourselves an almighty task with that woeful first half display in Madrid, it may be too big of a task.
In years gone by we’d still be confident going into this one but the lack of the intimidating atmosphere could prove to be a decisive factor.