Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is looking forward to playing Liverpool at Anfield next month - and has issued a stark warning message to the Merseyside outfit ahead of the eagerly-anticipated Champions League fixture.
The current holder of the Ballon d'Or award - who has been strongly linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City over the past week - insists that he is not anxious about playing Liverpool because he 'knows Anfield'.
Ronaldo expecting hostile reception
However, the Portugal captain - and arguably the world's best player - accepts that he will get a very different reception at Anfield to that of Old Trafford.
“If I was going back to Old Trafford, the reception from the fans would be amazing for me," Ronaldo told reporters. “Going to Liverpool will be very different – wow!
“Of course I know that it’s a very difficult place to go, although I won there a few times with United. They came very close last year to winning the Premier League so we know it’s going to be a very tough game at Anfield.
“For me, knowing it’s going to be the first time, I’m looking forward to it. I know Anfield. But we are Real Madrid.”
Ronaldo overtakes Messi as second-highest CL scorer
Real Madrid, the reigning European champions, opened the defence of their Champions League crown with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Basel at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo scored his 257th goal for Los Blancos - in just 252 matches - leapfrogging Barcelona's Lionel Messi into second place in the list of all-time Champions League goalscorers.
The former Manchester United star, who arrived at the Bernabeu in 2009 for a world-record £80 million fee, is now just four goals short of overtaking Real Madrid legend Raul as the all-time top scorer in European club football's showpiece tournament - dating all the way back to 1955.
Liverpool survive scare
Liverpool, meanwhile, opened their Champions League campaign with a last-gasp 2-1 win over European minnows Ludogorets Razgrad.
Brendan Rodgers' side who, so far this term, have failed to produce the same thrilling football that led to them finishing as Premier League runners-up last season were spared embarrassment when a mix-up in the Ludogorets defence resulted in a late penalty, which was duly converted in the 93rd minute by captain Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool travel to Basel at St. Jakob-Park on October 1, while Real Madrid make the visit to Sofia to play Ludogorets on the same night.
All eyes will then be on Anfield on 22 October, when Liverpool welcome the ten-time European champions and Cristiano Ronaldo to Merseyside.
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