John Aldridge: Bernabeu to the Boro - it's all about belief

By John Aldridge on Feb 28, 09 01:50 PM in Columnists

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ONLY on Wednesday it was Real Madrid, today it's Middlesbrough.

After the highs of beating the Spaniards in their own swish backyard, Liverpool must quickly refocus and produce the goods up on Teesside.

And it could be a tricky one if we're not on top of our game.

No on can assume that because we've won in the Bernabaeu, it's going to be easy to get three points today.

Don't get me wrong - I'm confident we can and should win.

But it will have to be done without Fernando Torres, though hopefully Steven Gerard will be back to compensate for his loss.

What we do know is the players should take great heart and confidence from winning in one of the world's greatest football arenas.

It's only half time and no one at Anfield will be thinking the tie is over, because it clearly isn't.

But winning there - and deservedly so - should give us a huge boost which can hopefully help get us right back into the title race again now.

There were terrific performances on Wednesday from our centre backs and central midfielders in particular.

A mention too for Yossie Benayoun. I've been critical of him at times but fair play - he had a smashing game in Madrid and scored a very good goal.

A word too about our fans in Madrid The players quietened their crowd and then the Reds fans stepped in to drown them out.

But if Madrid think it was noisy in our end on Wednesday - just wait till they come to Anfield!

If we can go and beat Boro today, then Sunderland in midweek, we stand a great chance of getting back onto Manchester United's tail again.

A big win at old Trafford is possible - and then it really would be game on again.

I know some fans lost heart after yet another home draw recently but believe me, the likes of Shankly, Paisley and Dalglish and all their players would never have felt it was game over because of a seven point gap.

The lads have shown great character under Rafa Benitez at times this season and with self-belief and hard work, there could yet be a twist in this one.

You have to believe. You have to stick together and go for it.

Anyway, after adding victory in Madrid to others achieved in the Nou Camp and San Siro, why wouldn't anyone believe?

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