Lam­bert: Amaz­ing Kop roar will help us give it a Real go

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RICKIE LAM­BERT claims An­field’s caul­dron of noise will make Liver­pool “un­stop­pable” against Real Madrid tonight.

The Reds face the Cham­pi­ons League hold­ers on home turf in a huge clash of foot­ball’s heavy­weights.

And striker Lam­bert reck­ons if Ko­pites can gen­er­ate the fa­mous at­mos­phere of great Euro­pean nights of old, then they can make mince­meat of the Span­ish gi­ants.

“If the fans are in full voice, it doesn’t mat­ter who the op­po­si­tion is,” said Lam­bert.

“When they’re on song, the fans lift the team more than any other sup­port­ers.

Ex­tra

“When they are in full voice we’re un­stop­pable at times. It will be very hard to take any points from us.

“I have seen first-hand what they can do and what level they can raise the play­ers to.

“If they can get to those lev­els again, which I’m sure they will, it’s only go­ing to help us.

“It’s go­ing to lift us up that ex­tra five or 10 per cent, which might win the game.

“It af­fects the team mas­sively – and it af­fects the op­po­si­tion as well.

“I can’t de­scribe it, but it just raises your game

FEARED: Ron­aldo up and gives you that ex­tra lit­tle bit, which you might not have had.

“The fans just man­age to make that lit­tle bit of dif­fer­ence.”

Lam­bert ad­mits the game against Real shows that Liver­pool are back in the big time, but in­sists that is some­thing they will embrace rather than fear.

“This is Liver­pool and this is where we’re sup­posed to be,” added the 32-year-old.

“We’ve been away from the com­pe­ti­tion for a few years, but this squad def­i­nitely feels at home on nights like this.

“Games don’t come big­ger than against Real Madrid. On any given day, we can beat any­one, es­pe­cially at home.”

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti will be with­out world record sign­ing Gareth Bale after the Welsh­man was left out of his squad with a thigh prob­lem.

But Liver­pool will still have to con­tain the supreme tal­ent of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

Real de­fender Al­varo Ar­be­loa, who played for Liver­pool from 2007 to 2009, reck­ons Ron­aldo will strike fear into the Reds’ ranks.

“There’s no doubt that Cris­tiano is the best player in the world at the mo­ment,” said Ar­be­loa.

Fear

“He is a great pro­fes­sional and a player who im­proves ev­ery day. No-one can imag­ine what he does.

“Train­ing and play­ing with him helps you to grow and im­prove. For us, it’s a priv­i­lege to have Cris­tiano and op­po­si­tion teams fear him.”

Ar­be­loa also be­lieves his team-mates will han­dle the in­tense at­mos­phere at An­field.

“I can imag­ine how the fans will cheer ev­ery cor­ner or throw-in close to our penalty box as if it’s go­ing to end in a goal,” he added.

“How­ever, I have told our play­ers to be ready for that.”

FAN-TAS­TIC: Rickie Lam­bert reck­ons the caul­dron of noise at An­field

will in­spire Liver­pool

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