With supporters in the stands, nobody would put it past Liverpool to overcome a 3-1 deficit to Real Madrid heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter final tie at Anfield on Wednesday evening.
Without supporters, it looks far more difficult. It would be foolish to count the Reds out already, though, and left back Andy Robertson insists they still have a chance—but it will need a nearly perfect performance.
“We’re still in the competition,” was Robertson’s take on things. “Maybe not many give us hope but we believe we can put in a better performance than last week and that’s the only way that gives us a fighting chance.
“We need to be better at everything tomorrow, we need to make it uncomfortable for them. If we can do that and if we can take the chances, then let’s see where it takes us. It needs to be a close to perfect game.”
Liverpool’s struggles without fans have been reflected by their poor home record, and on Saturday they recorded their first victory at Anfield since December 16th—the last game played with some fans in attendance.
Now, they need to beat Madrid by at least two if they can shut out the La Liga side—and to beat them by three if Los Blancos score on the road. It will take nothing less than the performance of the season for these Reds.
“We need to try to create our own atmosphere,” Robertson added. “Of course we’ve not got our fans so it’s up to us to create our own atmosphere and create a Champions League night at Anfield without fans.”