Cristiano Ronaldo wary of Liverpool threat in Champions League

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Cristiano Ronaldo is relishing the chance to play Liverpool in the Champions League, and says he knows that going to Anfield will be no easy task. 

The Reds - competing in the Champions League for the first time in five years - drew the current champions Real Madrid in Group B alongside Swiss outfit Basel and Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad in Thursday's draw.

Madrid are undoubtedly favourites to top the group, however Ronaldo is taking nothing for granted and expects a tough tie when his side go to Merseyside.

He told reporters in Monte Carlo:  "If I was going back to Old Trafford, the reception from the fans would be amazing for me. 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."


If history has anything to say about the tie, going to Anfield will not be an easy task for the Spanish giants, nor when Liverpool travel to the Spanish capital.

The pair met in this competition in 2009 and it was Liverpool who came out on top - the five times European Champions travelled to the Santiago Bernabeau and came out 1-0 victors, due to a Yossi Benayoun header late on.

In the return leg, Liverpool then washed Real Madrid away, romping to a 4-0 victory in what is without a doubt one of the club's finest hours.

Big game team

From what we saw last season, Liverpool really play well when up against the big sides. Despite losing away at Manchester City and Chelsea, the Reds dominated large patches of the game and were unlucky to have some referee decisions not go their way.

Liverpool also showed solid home form last season, seeing off City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham at Anfield.

Their away record in Spain when competing in the Champions League is also extremely impressive - having beat Real Madrid in 2009, they also drew against their city rivals, Athletico, that same season.

Another memorable night in Kop folk-law is Liverpool's epic 2-1 victory away at Barcelona, when goals from Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise saw off the likes of Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.

Difficult to stop 'new Galacticos'

However, Liverpool will meet a completely different kettle of fish when facing Real Madrid almost six years later.

Since they last met, Madrid have spent a massive fortune on players such as Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez.

It will be a tough task for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to plan for the trickery and pace of Madrid's front three, along with dealing with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the centre-of-midfield.

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