Rafa: No focus on Madrid

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez says he and his players aren’t even thinking about next week’s Champions League crunch match against Spanish giants Real Madrid, with Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to Manchester City in mind.

The Reds go to the Spanish capital for the first leg of their Champions League second round tie with the nine times European Cup winners.

But first they must keep up their assault on the Premier League title, with the visit of Mark Hughes’ wealthy team (Sun 17 Feb, 3pm kick-off).

Benitez says, ‘œThe main thing for us right now is the game against Manchester City ‘“ that is very clear,’ he said.

‘œThis game has to be the priority because it is in the Premier League and we are in a good position and want to take three points.

‘œWe have three days after we have played City in which we can look forward to Madrid but for now our focus must only be on the league.’