Tuesday’s pre-Real Madrid press conference at Anfield saw Steven Gerrard field questions from English and Spanish press. The Liverpool captain was asked about previous links to the Spanish giants.
Gerrard was linked with Real Madrid several times in the past and was asked by a Spanish journalist about those links. “It’s flattering. I’ve had a couple of offers to go to Real Madrid during my career,” explained the 34-year-old.
“I’ve resisted temptation because of connection to home town club.”
“It may be something I regret in the future,” Gerrard admitted. “But it would have been a bigger regret if I had left the club I love, my hometown club, Liverpool.”
Asked earlier about the match on Wednesday, Gerrard said “This is almost like a bonus game for us. We’re hoping that we surprise and shock a few people tomorrow night.”
On the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo, the skipper said “His game’s gone to another level (since joining Madrid) and he’s arguably the best player in the world.
“It’s very important we don’t just go into this game worrying about Cristiano [Ronaldo]. It would be disrespectful to rest of team.”
Speaking about the Reds’ current form, Gerrard said he had faith in the current squad hitting the heights of last season eventually.
“It’s only natural that we’re going to have some teething problems but I have huge confidence we can get back to form of last season.”