Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez believes Real Madrid will make light work of Liverpool, having scored the winning goal against the Reds on Saturday.
Perez moved to Newcastle from Tenerife over the summer and has started to make an impact in the Premier League, scoring in consecutive games against Tottenham Hotspur and the Reds.
The 21-year-old has spoken to AS about his experience of English football in general and playing Liverpool in particular, with Madrid hosting the Merseyside club on Tuesday.
“Liverpool’s results aren’t good and that may have an impact,” Perez said when asked about the upcoming fixture.
“But they are a very good team and they use the ball well. But it’s very, very difficult to get something at Santiago Bernabeu.
“I think with the level Madrid are at they shouldn’t have much trouble with Liverpool. It’s not going well for them. They’re sure to lack confidence.
“Their confidence after their recent defeats isn’t the same, but this is a Champions League match, so…”
Perez elaborated on how Madrid can beat Liverpool by referring to Newcastle’s game plan in their 1-0 win.
“Despite Liverpool not being in the form they would like, it’s still complicated,” he continued.
“The win cost us a lot. They had the ball a lot and that’s what they want. The key is to win it back, link a lot of quick passes and mount a counter-attack. Then you can hurt them.”