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'The opposite': Pako Ayestaran compares Liverpool and Real Madrid

Former Liverpool coach Pako Ayestaran feels the Reds compare unfavourably to Real Madrid right now. The two clubs face off in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow.

Pako Ayestaran feels Real Madrid are in a much better place than Liverpool right now. The Spaniard worked at Anfield for three seasons.

He arrived with Rafa Benitez in 2004, having previously been his assistant at Osasuna, Extremadura, Tenerife and Valencia.

Things ended badly, however, as Ayestaran left in 2007 on bad terms. Benitez accused him of ‘betrayal’ as he’d allegedly talked to clubs behind his back.

Now a manager in Liga NOS, Ayestaran has carved out a decent career for himself as a head coach. His connection to Liverpool and Spanish football, though, puts him in a position to judge tomorrow’s game.

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The Reds will host Real Madrid, of course, as they try to overturn a 3-1 defeat. Ayestaran isn’t backing his former side, however.

“[Real] have positive momentum,” he told Marca. They have players in midfield like Casemiro, Kroos and Modric who are at the level expected of them. And that momentum means that anyone who comes into the side can do well.”

[Liverpool] are at the opposite point, with many problems throughout the season. The injuries make them a sea of ​​doubts.”

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Real certainly have momentum. Their 3-1 win gave them that but they followed it up by beating Barcelona in El Clasico. It doesn’t get much better than that for them.

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And they’ll need that momentum. They have a lot of injuries at the moment, meaning Zinedine Zidane will have to move things around.

As for Liverpool, the doubts are obvious. They lie in defence, with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all out. Jordan Henderson is missing from midfield, too.

The positive is that Liverpool have had to deal with these problems all season, as Ayestaran says. It’s not a shock and they’ve worked on improving in spite of the injuries.

Real, on the other hand, have had their problems all mount up in the last few weeks. They’re less prepared and that could lead to weakness.

But then, we said that before the first leg. Hopefully, Liverpool take advantage this time.

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