Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has talked to Adidas of Liverpool's return to the Champions League and how he feels they will cope against Real Madrid's superstars, even without Xabi Alonso.
Liverpool have returned to Europe's premier competition this season after a four year absence from the competition, and have picked up three points in their opening two games on return.
Liverpool in the CL
Gerrard scored a last gasp winning penalty to get his side's campaign off to a winning start and bring the emotions of European football back to Anfield, a feeling that the player himself has been missing.
"Liverpool has got a fantastic history in Europe, especially in the Champions League," the former England captain told adidas Gamedayplus.
"From a personal point of view, some of the best nights of my career have been in the Champions League. Every player dreams of playing in the Champions League. It's unbelievable [to be back]."
Gearing up to Madrid game
The Anfield club host Spanish giants and current Champions League holders Real Madrid on Wednesday and Gerrard is looking forward to taking on some of the best Europe has to offer, even if they are no longer with Gerrard's former teammate Alonso.
"I think they're the best players in the world at this current moment. Bale, Rodriguez, Casillas.... They're just littered with world class players. When we welcome them to Anfield it's going to be a special night. The whole stadium's going to be rocking and we're going to give them one hell of a 90 minutes!"
"Of course, I'll be on the phone to him [Xabi Alonso, to get some tips], but i've watched them a lot myself, I'm a big fan of Spanish football so i'm quite aware of all there strengths but i'm also aware that they've got some weaknesses."
Speaking on Alonso, Gerrard added: "I think he's got very good chances [in the Champions League with Bayern Munich], he's left one of the favourites and gone to the second favourites."
"It's a shame he's moved on, I would have like to have played against him because we had a fantastic relationship at Liverpool."
Gerrard's Liverpool side will be hoping they can get back to winning ways in Europe on Wednesday after a 1-0 away defeat to Basel last time out, while Alonso's Bayern take on Italian side Roma tonight.
Gerrard, Gareth Bale and Bastian Schweinsteiger were all speaking to adidas ahead of their respective Champions League round three matches.
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