Photos: Balotelli and Sterling all smiles as Liverpool train ahead of Madrid tie
Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling gear up for Liverpool's vital Champions League tie at Bernabeu
Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling looked relaxed as Liverpool geared up for their crucial clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
The Reds are facing a tough battle to secure their place in the Champions League knockout round after back-to-back losses to Basel and Madrid in Group B.
Liverpool have been struggling in the Premier League since their 3-0 loss to los Blancos, drawing 0-0 with Hull City before a 1-0 loss at Newcastle United on Saturday.
But Brendan Rodgers is confident his Reds side can hurt the Champions League holders despite their recent struggles.
“When we have the ball, we need to create problems ourselves. I think we showed in the previous game that, even though the score was 3-0, we could still have moments where we could hurt the opponent and that will be the idea tomorrow,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“It’s a wonderful arena. It’s one of the most iconic football grounds in the world. The pitch will be perfect; it’s a fast pitch and when you come up against the best opponents, that’s the challenge and that’s what makes you perform to your best.
“They are in a very good moment. We see it as an opportunity. We still very much have the opportunity to qualify from the group. We’re not coming here as a team that is expecting to lose and then look at the other games as games we have to qualify.”
Here is a selection of the best photos from Liverpool’s training session at the Bernabeu.