The Real Madrid freight train pulls into Anfield today and fans and pundits have given Liverpool no chance today. Understandably so, the Madrid club have slaughtered anyone in their path as they have won their last seven matches in a row, scoring 33 goals and conceding only four in the process.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's most in-form player and is exhibiting a goal scoring form that is unheard of in modern day era of football (even by Lionel Messi's standards).
However, such popular opinion fails to take into account Liverpool's strengths and Madrid's weaknesses. To be fair, Liverpool haven't exhibited their strengths much this season, but when they have it has been too devastating effect - this is namely their pace on the counter attack.
Granted Luis Suarez leaving and Daniel Sturridge's injury woes have somewhat dulled Liverpool's attack, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have done a good job of picking up the slack. They both are experts at timing runs into the box, and with Sterling in particular, Liverpool have an abundance of pace waiting to rip apart a high Madrid backline.
Real Madrid's best defender, Sergio Ramos, is out with an injury; and with the likes of Marcelo and Dani Carvajal clearly suited to going forward, rather than defending, Liverpool's attackers will get opportunities to score.
Furthermore, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are expected to be the holding players for Madrid. As neither are defensive midfielders by trade, whoever plays in Liverpool's midfield shouldn't feel too much pressure. With Steven Gerrard, Philipe Coutinho and Adam Lallana ready to go, Liverpool have the players to pick out a pass.
2) Anfield crowd
Reputation has it there is nothing like a European night at Anfield. You wouldn't have guessed that watching Liverpool's matches this season.
Whether it is down to a hangover as fans struggle to get over Liverpool's dramatic end to last season, or fans having nothing to shout about during an average start to the season, the Anfield faithful have been rather dull and dour.
Real Madrid will come into Anfield feeling 10 feet tall and Liverpool's fans need to live up to their name and make them feel two feet, afraid to move as a chorus of boos drowns out their confidence.
That was the case the last time these two sides met - a thumping 4-0 victory in 2009.
3) Form counts for nothing
Last of all, Liverpool need to remember form counts for nothing. The last time Liverpool faced such uneviable odds was in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan - and we all know what happened their.
This is exactly the same situation. Like AC Milan, Real Madrid are the best side in Europe; just like Liverpool in 2005, Liverpool today are a team in transition.
Let us not forget, Real Madrid have already lost three times this season: twice to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa and La Liga; as well as to Real Sociedad. Madrid also struggled to overcome Bulgarian minnows, Ludogorets.