Real ace gives reasons why ‘world’s best’ Liverpool driven for CL clash
Real Madrid midfielder Nacho has labelled Liverpool’s forwards the best in the world and feels they will all be up for Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
The Reds are set to travel to the Spanish capital for the first leg of their quarter-final encounter. The clubs will then do it all again at Anfield on April 14. Los Blancos will start as favourites at the Bernabeu after winning their last four games. They are also unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions and seem to have rediscovered their form.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have lost just one of their last 19 La Liga games. And they are now only three points behind table-topping Atletico Madrid.
It was a similar story in Europe. After taking one point from their first two games, they managed to top Group B by two points to advance.
A comfortable 4-1 aggregate triumph over Italian side Atalanta set up the tie with Jurgen Klopp’s men. And it seems as though Nacho is in awe of Klopp’s attacking resources.
The German has Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota at his disposal. The Spain international hailed the quartet and believes Liverpool have an added incentive to win the game.
“In general, the attacking four are spectacular, worldwide they are the best, without any doubt,” he said, in an interview with Goal. “I am sure that not only Salah, but all Liverpool players will take it as a rematch for the final that we beat them, but we have the same desire or more.”
Nacho wary of any Liverpool formation
Liverpool’s Premier League title race has long been run and they are now challenging for a top-four spot. But there is still much to play for, with a return to the Champions League final the main aim.
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Klopp’s men lifted the trophy by beating Tottenham in 2018-2019. They have added quality to the ranks since then, with Jota joining from Wolves.
But Nacho insists he and his team-mates will not alter their preparation to accommodate who might be in the opposition line-up.
“At these levels it is more important for a player to prepare mentally and concentrate than to focus on the specific characteristics of the opponent,” he added.
“The head plays good and bad passes. It doesn’t matter what you play. Against Firmino or Jota, the important thing is to be one hundred percent.
“I like above all that, to think of myself and to face the game in the best way.”
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