Worst case scenario
One former Premier League star has named the worst and best case scenario for Liverpool’s Champions League hopes and the one team that can stop them.
Liverpool have been a force to be reckoned with this season, both in the Premier League and in Europe.
The side have performed pretty well in England and have beaten everyone in their path in the Champions League.
Now, its starting to get to crunch time and Jurgen Klopp’s side will have to show that they have the bottle to win their sixth European cup.
Liverpool could find their match in Madrid
Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has explained that if Liverpool are going to face Real Madrid, the favourites, they would need to in the semi-final.
If they were to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s side in the final, there would be no home advantage and Los Blancos have a knack for getting over the line first.
“Real Madrid would be the worst-case scenario,” Keown explained in his Mail Q&A column.
“They have won three of the last four Champions Leagues and are the benchmark for European football now.
“Real have shown they are the masters of finals.
“Their core of players has changed little in their Champions League winning run: Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, they all know how to win this trophy.
“Liverpool don’t have that same level of experience. Seven players who started the Europa League final are still at the club, but that just isn’t the same.”
Liverpool were the only team in the Champions League this season to win both legs of their quarter-final tie.
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Keown has also named why Liverpool would want to face Real Madrid in the semi’s, by explaining that Anfield could certainly be key.
“But, as Liverpool showed in the first leg against City, Anfield can be a leveller.
“If the crowd generated another atmosphere like they did last week, Liverpool could feed off the emotion and fuel another all-action performance.
“Across two legs, Liverpool might just have a chance, but it would be very difficult to face Real in the final.”