Liverpool will run out at the Bernabeu safe in the knowledge their chances of recording a famous victory are slimmer than Neil Warnock praising Premier League officiating this season.
The swashbuckling goal-grabbers of last season are still on a protracted summer holiday or lost forever it would seem thanks to the departure of maverick talent Luis Suarez.
As a result Liverpool were schooled 3-0 at Anfield in the first of two Champions League instalments against Real Madrid – a far cry from the 4-0 triumph back in 2009 in the English side’s favour – and now the Reds are untouchable 9/1 shots for the win in Spain.
Fingers have to be pointed at the manager and many of the players he’s brought in, who we’ve kindly arranged in our Flop-O-meter.
Mario Balotelli – No Premier goal to his name so far is a dismal return considering time spent on the pitch by the barmy Italian
Dejan Lovren – Early promise has given way to moments of indecision and generally dodgy defending
Lazar Markovic – Limited exposure, but so far limited ability by the looks of things
Alberto Moreno – Goal at Tottenham promised much, but has twice dallied in the box and given away goals at Manchester City and now Newcastle. Can he defend?
Adam Lallana – Has shown glimpses of his class, but needs a run in the team
Divok Origi – The best of the lot by far, only problem is he’s playing in France
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