Rodgers ready for Real test

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his excitement at having drawn Real Madrid in the Champions League, reports Sky Sports.

The Reds have been placed in Group B in the tournament and as well as the current European champions, will also face FC Basel of Switzerland. The final place has been taken by Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets, who famously made it to the group stages earlier this week after defender Cosmin Moti, deputising in goal, saved two penalties in a shoot-out against Steaua Bucharest.

But it’s the two games between Liverpool and Real that will attract the most interest, and will offer a stern test to the Anfield side in their first foray in the Champions League for five years.

“To be back in it again, no matter who we were going to play, it was always going to be exciting,” said boss Rodgers. “But to have Real Madrid in your group, the champions last season, is going to be special. I’m already thinking of Anfield on that night.”

Liverpool famously thrashed the Spanish giants 4-0 on their last Champions League visit to Anfield in 2009, and also won 1-0 in the Santiago Bernab

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