A makeshift Madrid midfield and Benzema's gone off the boil: Liverpool have no reason to fear ragged Real
Real Madrid were at the peak of their powers the last time they met Liverpool, in the 2022 Champions League final.
Karim Benzema was scoring goals for fun, Vinicius Junior was in the form of his life, and the famous midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro was dominating all before them.
Given Thibaut Courtois then produced an all-time goalkeeping performance in Paris, it's easy to understand why Madrid not only won, but did so courtesy of a relatively comfortable 1-0 win.
On Tuesday night, though, when the two teams meet again at Anfield, Madrid will look very different.
Casemiro has gone and so too has the air of invincibility around Carlo Ancelotti's side.
Indeed, Madrid are malfunctioning rightnow. They are eight points behind Liga leaders Barcelona and are playing with nothing like the same panache or self-belief as last season.
While Liverpool certainly have problems of their own, they have no need to fear Madrid – and here's why...