As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Liverpool great Dalglish ponders Champions League fight-back: Real Madrid better than 2019 Barcelona

Liverpool great Sir Kenny Dalglish has reminded fans anything can happen in the Champions League.

Liverpool trail 3-1 to Real Madrid midway through their quarterfinal tie.

"We're 3-1 down in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, playing again on Wednesday against Real Madrid, the final is being played at the Ataturk Stadium which is the stadium where we beat AC Milan on penalties, so maybe romance is not yet dead and the bad season is going to have a happy ending," said Dalglish.

"I think what will make it harder (than the Barcelona game) is that Real are a better team than Barcelona were. Barcelona won 3-0 at the Nou Camp and they missed a sitter late on with the last kick of the game.

"You thought at the time, 'that's given us a chance now'. Real Madrid have got a better team defensively even though they had to make changes (in the first leg) - (Sergio) Ramos never played and they had to bring a couple of guys in. They're better than Barcelona were."

Liverpool's Premier League title defence has drifted badly off course and the Reds have a real fight on their hands just to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Asked why they had struggled so much, Dalglish added: "There are no excuses, but there are some reasons. For me, one of the biggest factors was losing four players in the same position, because then that was the back four out of commission or certainly weaker than they were.

"When you look at Van Dijk, you're looking at a colossus and you're thinking, 'how do I get past him?'"

Video of the day:

About the author

Paul Vegas

×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free