Former Liverpool and England Legend Michael Owen believes that the Reds need a result from their upcoming games against Real Madrid in order to stand any chance of qualifying from the group stages on their return to Europe's elite competition.
Liverpool host Real Madrid at Anfield tonight in the first of a double header against the Spanish giants, and Owen feels that, after a difficult start to the group, Liverpool need to bounce back from the shock 1-0 defeat to Basle last time out.
Owen, who played for both Liverpool and Real Madrid in his career, believes that the Anfield faithful will prove to give Madrid a bit of a shock when they show up in Merseyside this evening.
He wrote on Sportlobster.com: “Given their respective starts, Liverpool will probably settle for any kind of result over the two games that leaves them in with a fighting chance for what are likely to be the defining matches against Ludogorets and Basel before the end of the group stages.”
He added: “Despite the fact Real Madrid are the most successful European Cup winners ever, the famous European nights at Anfield simply cannot be beaten for atmosphere or all-round sporting theatre.
“It is as if the crowd know these games will be talked about for generations to come and never has the saying 'the crowd were like a twelfth man' been more true.”
Madrid will be without Welsh star Gareth Bale for the game tonight, but still have star man Cristiano Ronaldo, who has single handedly scored more goals this season than Liverpool in the league. The Portuguese winger has netted on 15 occasions in seven league appearances this season, Liverpool have only managed 13, with three being own goals.
Can the Reds take advantage of their 12th man and provide an massive upset tonight against the current champions, or will Los Blancos' superstars prove too much for Brendan Rogers' side?