Rickie Lambert has told the Liverpool Echo he is desperate to face Real Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday and insists that Liverpool have to go into the game looking to get a win.
Liverpool face two games against the European champions over the next fortnight and, after suffering defeat at Basel in their last outing, the pressure is on to secure a result on home soil.
Madrid will be without Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos for the match but remain strong favourites as Liverpool struggle to find their best...
Liverpool's 5-0 aggregate victory over Real Madrid in the 2008-09 Champions League was arguably the genuine highlight of Rafael Benitez's six-year reign at Anfield.
OK, it didn't involve actually winning a trophy, like in the 2005 European Cup final, but as an exhibition of pure footballing brilliance, it was unparalleled. Even the most ardent Liverpool fan recognises Liverpool were far from brilliant in 2005, but defeating Real Madrid 5-0 was truly extraordinary.
The two performances were notable...
Martin Skrtel believes Liverpool's defensive problems cannot be pinned on the back four but on the team as a whole.
Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday following a shaky 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers, the Premier League's bottom side.
Brendan Rodgers' side have kept just one clean sheet this season -- a 3-0 win at Tottenham back in August -- and have conceded 16 goals in 11 matches ahead of the showdown with the reigning European champions.
Skrtel's defensive partner...
Defender Sergio Ramos and forward Gareth Bale are both absent from the Real Madrid party travelling to England to take on Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Ramos is still suffering some discomfort from the injury picked up in the league clash against Athletic Bilbao and has stayed in the Spanish capital in an attempt to be ready for the clasico against Barcelona on Saturday.
Bale, meanwhile, has suffered a gluteal muscle injury.