Ally McCoist has said he has Liverpool as the ‘slight favourites’ for their round of 16 Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
That’s what the pundit said on talkSPORT’s The Breakfast Show this morning, when asked by host Laura Woods as to who he thinks will come out victorious in the historical European fixture.
“It’s funny because their league form has been, apart from the weekend, pretty average,” he said.
“But I don’t know, you just get a feeling they can pull something out the hat – well I certainly do. I certainly have a feeling they can pull something out the hat in Europe.
“So, I would actually have Liverpool as slight favourites – I don’t know why.
“Because, as I said to you last year, I think Real Madrid’s triumph last year in that tournament, I really believe, was the greatest ever in that tournament – the most successful club in that tournament. But I feel that victory they had last year was their greatest ever. Clearly, I wasn’t around for the first four or five, but the way they beat everybody – PSG, Chelsea – there’s never been a cup more deserved.
“Tough one to call, would love to see Liverpool go through obviously.”
McCoist backs Liverpool to beat Real Madrid
Despite the Reds’ rise back to European success under Jurgen Klopp, Los Blancos have proven to be a difficult opponent for the side in recent years.
In 2017/18 and 2021/22, the Merseyside club fell short in the Champions League final to the Spanish giants.
Every other time they have been knocked out of the competition; it has been at the hands of a Madrid-based club. The one time they didn’t face a team from Madrid came during the 2018/19 campaign, in which Liverpool won their sixth European cup.
However, with the opportunity to get revenge when Carlo Ancelotti’s men face off against Klopp’s side in the next round of the cup, the Reds should go into the game all guns blazing.
With Liverpool’s woeful form in the Premier League this term, fans won’t be too confident when the team are lining up at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Although, anything can happen during the home-leg at Anfield, as Liverpool can never be written off on a European night in Merseyside.