Sutton claims Liverpool European comeback is ‘within them’ and pinpoints key player

Ben Stewart
Chris Sutton before a match

Liverpool face a mammoth task of getting back into their Champions League tie against Real Madrid, but Chris Sutton thinks they stand a chance.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were dismantled in the first leg and they now trail 5-2 coming into the second leg in Spain.

Despite their positive start at Anfield, Liverpool were taken apart in the second half and Carlo Ancelotti’s side are in pole position to progress.

Liverpool have a long-standing history of European comebacks though and Sutton still believes that they have a chance of an upset.

The pundit also picked out Alisson Becker as a key player for Klopp’s side who will need to be on top form on the night.

“It’s highly unlikely but we know that Liverpool have talented players,” Sutton told the Football Daily Podcast.

“We know they have periods in games when they can absolutely blitz teams. We know Alisson will have to play well, Liverpool will have to defend better than they have all season.

“There’s a lot of talk about their high line, and they’ve looked shaky, and the players have been off it.

“As I say, the pressure is off, nobody expects Liverpool to get a result, but they’ll know that it’s within them.”

Liverpool have struggled for consistency all season, but at their best they are capable of going toe to toe with any side in Europe.

They have especially struggled in away games this season and their latest game against Bournemouth showcased this again.

In the Premier League this season, Liverpool have only won three away matches and they have only collected 12 points on the road.

Real Madrid will surely fancy their chances looking at that record, but Liverpool can never be ruled out in the Champions League.

Despite the daunting task ahead, Klopp is keeping his spirits high ahead of the second leg.

“I am happy to be here and what I said after the game on the night, three weeks ago, Madrid with the result are through to the next round,” Klopp told reporters.

“But now we are three weeks later and know there is a game to play – and if there is only a one per cent chance, I would like to give it a try.

“We are here to play an extremely strong opponent and try to win the game tomorrow. As difficult as it is, it’s probably possible – not likely, but possible and for that we are here.

“Then we will see where it leads us to. That is pretty much all. We respect the competition too much, we respect the opponent too much to not look forward to this game tomorrow, to be honest.

“It is a tough task, we caused ourselves not a great situation we are in, but as I said, I am looking forward to the game anyway.”

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