Liverpool travel to Madrid in just over a week for their Champions League last 16, first leg encounter.
The Spanish side, now coached by former Spurs manager Juande Ramos are beginning to hit form, with a 4-0 rout of Sporting Gijon on Sunday evening, although they remain 10 points behind Barcelona in the race for La Liga.
Sunday’s win was Real’s eigth consecutive win since losing to Barca in mid December, and their fourth straight clean sheet. They host Real Betis in their final league match before European action next Sunday afternoon. Liverpool host Manchester City at the same time on Sunday.
Raul scored twice for the Madridistas and in doing so became the club’s highest goalscorer in history, breaking Alfredo Di Stefano’s record with his 308th and 309th goals. New signing Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored his first for the club, and Marcelo was also on target. Huntelaar though is not eligible to face Rafa Benitez’s side, with fellow new signing Lassana Diarra preferred to be added to their Champions League squad.