Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal dry up
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Cristiano Ronaldo is best player in the world
Brendan Rodgers is hoping Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals dry up when Liverpool face Real Madrid at Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
The Madrid forward scored a second-minute opener as los Blancos were emphatic 4-0 winners at Granada in La Liga on Saturday.
Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in 12 games in all competitions, netting in 15 consecutive La Liga home games.
And Liverpool manager Rodgers is hoping the 29-year-old doesn’t equal Raul’s Champions League-record 71 strikes tomorrow.
“Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference.
“He has been impressive for a number of years and is playing with great confidence. But as a team they work very hard.
“They have some outstanding players. It is very much a team effort but certainly he is the catalyst of that team and an outstanding player.
“Let’s hope he doesn’t score too many more tomorrow and we will work hard to get a good result.”
Match-facts: Real Madrid v Liverpool
• As Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti faced Liverpool four times in the Premier League, winning twice in 2009/10 (2-0h, 2-0a), but losing twice in 2010/11 (0-2a, 0-1h).
• Ronaldo scored twice in nine appearances against Liverpool for Manchester United, winning five, losing three and drawing one.
• Javier Hernández hit three goals for United in seven appearances against Liverpool (W3 D1 L3) – including the winner in an English League Cup tie at Old Trafford in September 2013.
• Luka Modrić faced Liverpool eight times with Tottenham Hotspur (W5 D1 L2) and scored in a 2-0 victory at Anfield in May 2011.
• Gareth Bale’s record against Liverpool with Tottenham was W4 D2 L3. His only goal in nine appearances came in a 2-1 home victory in November 2012.