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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to break Real Madrid legend Raul's Champions League goals record against Liverpool on Tuesday.Getty

European champions Real Madrid welcome Liverpool to the Santiago Bernabeu on Matchday 4 of the Champions League group game on Tuesday, 4 November.

Where to Watch

The kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST. Live coverage of the match will be available on ITV 1. Live radio coverage is available on BBC Radio 5Live.

Overview

Reigning European champions Real Madrid welcome a stuttering Liverpool side to the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday in the Champions League.

Real are the form team in Europe at the moment and after a shaky start to the season, they have picked up 10 wins in all competitions and have been ruthless in dispatching their opponents.

The Spanish capital club also have the world's best player in Cristiano Ronaldo, whose form is only on the up. The Portuguese star has notched up 22 goals in 15 games for Real in all competitions this season.

The former Manchester United winger is also just one goal shy of equalling Real legend Raul's Champions League goal scoring record of 71 goals in 142 matches.

Carlo Ancelotti will be upbeat heading into this game, and a win against Liverpool will see them qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. The Italian boss will also be buoyed by the return of Gareth Bale, who has returned to fitness and could play a part in the game against the Reds.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard acknowledges fans after their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England March 26, 2014.
Steven Gerrard could be rested for Liverpool's clash against European champions Real MadridReuters

Meanwhile, Liverpool come into this game on the back of a disappointing loss to Newcastle United in the Premier League. The Reds have managed just one win in their last four matches in all competitions.

Brendan Rodgers' side has been struggling to score goals this season and the manager has pointed to the loss of his two main strikers from last season, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The former has left the club to join Barcelona, while the latter still remains sidelined through injury.

If Liverpool lose this match, they will have to win their remaining two matches to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

What Managers Say

Carlo Ancelotti: "We're playing well. We know how important every match is. We are focused on the game against Liverpool. Every match is a test and a chance to improve or take a step back, but we are not afraid because I have a very professional team."

Brendan Rodgers: "This week and these games against the likes of Real Madrid I see as a great opportunity for the squad – you put them out there and you put your trust in them to perform."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Real Madrid to win: 2/9
  • Draw: 11/2
  • Liverpool to win: 23/2

Team News

Real Madrid

  • Injured: Jesé (knee), Carvajal (hamstring), Fábio Coentrão (knee), Illarramendi (unspecified), Khedira (unspecified)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modrić, Kroos, Isco, James; Ronaldo, Benzema.

Liverpool

  • Injured: Sturridge (calf), Sakho (knee), Flanagan (knee), Suso (groin), Enrique (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Mignolet; Johnson, Lovren, Škrtel, Moreno; Allen, Gerrard; Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho; Balotelli.