Stevie G: It could be embarrassing


The Reds are back in Europe for the first time in five years and have the unenviable task of halting a Los Meringues side – and star player Cristiano Ronaldo – in prime form.

Gerrard admits his team could “get beat convincingly” if everyone is not totally switched on.


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“Everyone who is picked to play – from the 11 in the starting line-up to the subs – everyone has to be on their game," he said.

“We are playing against the best side in Europe and if we have two or three passengers we could get beat convincingly.

“It can become embarrassing against sides like this who are deadly away from home on the counter-attack. We need to be right on it and that applies to me personally as well.” 

Real have won their last seven games, scoring 32 goals in the process.