Pool bank on Anfield advantage
Reds cannot afford to lose against star-studded Real Madrid
There is no room for manoeuvre now. Excuses will be no defence against the storm.
Liverpool’s season so far has been characterised by inconsistent and incoherent performances.
They have to get their act together now. Another display as poor as the one at Loftus Road on Sunday and Real Madrid will annihilate them at Anfield tomorrow morning (Singapore time).
The last time Real Madrid visited Anfield, it was very much the other way round. Rafa Benitez’s men ran riot, putting four past the Spanish giants to seal a 5-0 win.
But that was in 2009, during an extraordinary run-in that very nearly ended with a title win.
The similarities to what followed then and what has followed Liverpool’s most recent title challenge are eerie. Then, as now, Liverpool lost games freely at home and abroad from the early stages of the season.
In 2009, they crashed out of the Champions League and ended up finishing seventh. How Rodgers must hope this campaign does not go the same way.
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From hell: How Brad Pitt and co were put through the wringer on new WWII film, Fury
Fury may involve soldiers, tanks and warfare, but director David Ayer will tell you his World War II drama isn't a war movie.
It's about family. And to make his actors - including Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman - bond like a family, he put them through boot camp, making them argue, taunt and fight each other.
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