Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has made sensational claims that reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid would struggle against his old club.
The 38-year-old added that Jurgen Klopp’s men would still prefer Bayern Munich, should they reach the final in Kiev, but will be the stronger side even if the Los Blancos are chasing a third consecutive title.
Liverpool ran riot against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday, while Real Madrid put themselves in pole position 24 hours later ahead of the second legs next week.
Bayern over Real
“I’m sure Liverpool supporters would want Bayern due to the fact Real Madrid have won it the last two occasions,” Bellamy told Sky Sports, as per the Metro.
“Their [Real’s] experience in this competition is incredible and that does help.”
Los Blancos have reached the Champions League final three times in four years and have won the trophy on 12 occasions.
While Cristiano Ronaldo and co remain dominant in the European tournament, they endured a poor start to the season in La Liga and are 15 points behind leaders Barcelona.
“I’ve seen enough of watching Real Madrid over this year that they’re vulnerable. They’re not the team they were the last couple of years,” Bellamy added.
“Watching them at the Bernabeu against Juventus, I got to see that defensively, they can be left wanting.”
Los Blancos scraped through the quarter-finals, with a controversial late penalty in the second leg against the Italian giants saving them from going into extra time.
Liverpool can beat two-time reigning champions
Yet, Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been destroying defences all season, with a combined 88 goals in all competitions including all five in their 5-2 win over Roma.
Tuesday’s result, along with their three victories over Premier League champions Manchester City this season has increased the optimism that the Reds can win their first European title since 2005 and Bellamy believes Spanish outfit Real Madrid will find it difficult against them.
“The way Liverpool play not just the front three, but the midfielders getting forward breaking lines, this [Real] midfield will struggle to stay with you,” the ex-Newcastle forward said.