first_imgJason McAteer admits Liverpool face an ‘impossible task’ in their Champions League clash with Real Madrid – but has backed his former side to reach the knockout stages.The Reds come in to the game on the back of a Premier League defeat to Newcastle, and have struggled in recent weeks to find the form which saw them push Manchester City so hard in last season’s title race.The La Liga side were imperious during a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture at Anfield and McAteer claims he can’t see a different result in Tuesday night’s match at the Bernabeu.“It’s an impossible job [in Madrid],” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a Liverpool fixture before. I just look at the form Real Madrid are in and they have 11 consecutive wins, have scored 46 goals and only conceded seven. They are on fire.“When the draw was made for the Champions League I don’t think anyone envisioned Liverpool winning the group. Everybody thought Real Madrid would win the group and Liverpool would be fighting it out with Basel and Ludogorets [for second].“Even if Liverpool lose against Real Madrid, which you’d expect with the form they are in, it’s still in their hands. They need to win away against Ludogorets and beat Basel at home [to progress].last_img

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