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Cristiano Ronaldo on fire ahead of Liverpool clash

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15 in 7. Just let that sink in. 15 in 7. 15 goals in seven La Liga games so far this season for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man isn't just in good form, he passed that mark some time ago - he's gone stratospheric. 

In all competitions he's got 19 goals in 12 games this season - which puts him ever so slightly ahead of the entire Liverpool team, who've mustered 14 in 10 games. He's a one man goal-machine and an entire team wrapped up in one.

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Next in his sights are a Liverpool team who struggled badly to see off a QPR side that most bookmakers have down as favourites for the drop over the weekend - it's going to a massacre at Anfield on Wednesday, right?

Goals

Well maybe - but maybe not. Ronaldo has two goals from two Champions League games so far this season and broke the record for most goals in a single European campaign with an astonishing 17 strikes last time round, but for some reason he seems to find it difficult to replicate his best form against Liverpool.

During his time in the Premier League, the former Manchester United ace managed just two goals against the Reds in nine appearances - that's an average of just 0.22 goals-per-game. That's is well down on his current league average of more than two goals every time he steps on to the pitch onto the pitch in the famous white shirt.

Changes

Of course since he swapped Manchester United for Madrid in 2009 Ronaldo has taken his game to the next level - his record for Madrid currently stands at a crazy 192 goals in 172 league games  - while Liverpool have undergone their fair share of changes too.

Ever since Ronaldo left these shores Liverpool have endured mixed fortunes in the Premier League, and are only back in Europe for the first time since the season that CR7 left. Of course they stunned everyone by roaring to second place last season, however their weaknesses have been exploited following the departure of Luis Suarez, and they currently sit in 5th place with 13 points from eight games.

Form

In Europe they've not exactly hit their stride either, and after struggling past Ludogorets in their first game, were shown up by Swiss outfit Basel earlier this month. Now they face the daunting task of trying to get something from a Real Madrid side in excellent form. 

Carlo Ancelotti's men have recovered from a slow start to the season and are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, and have scored an incredible 32 goals in that time.

Liverpool's porous defence will of course be boosted by the fact that Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the game through injury but the big question remains - how on earth do they stop a rampant Ronaldo?

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