By Gary Fulcher and Mihail Vladimirov.
Real Madrid will be looking to seal their qualification from Group B with victory over Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening – 7.45pm kick off UK time – while Brendan Rodgers will want to avoid becoming the first Liverpool manager to lose three consecutive matches in the Champions League.
Liverpool sit in 3rd place in Group B with three points from three matches (level on points with Ludogorets and Basel), having won their first game against Ludogorets 2-1 at Anfield before suffering back to back defeats: 0-1 at Basel and 0-3 against Real Madrid at Anfield. Real have maximum points from their three games, hammering Basel at the Bernabeu 5-1 in their first game, defeating Ludogorets (a) 2-1 on matchday 2 before handing Liverpool their heaviest Champions League defeat at Anfield with that 3-0 victory a fortnight ago.
Since that defeat Liverpool have won one (against Swansea in the Capital One Cup), drawn one (0-0 with Hull at Anfield) and lost one (the 0-1 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday). Madrid in contrast have won all three of the games played since their victory at Anfield (including a 3-1 victory over Barcelona) and are currently enjoying a club record 11 match winning streak in all competitions, scoring 46 and conceding just seven. To make the task even more daunting for the Reds, Madrid have won 16 of their last 18 Champions League matches at the Bernabeu.
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