Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming for another record as the Champions League's all-time leading scorer when Real Madrid host a Liverpool side short on confidence at the Bernabeu today.
Ronaldo's opener in the European champions' 3-0 win at Anfield two weeks ago took him to within one goal of Madrid legend Raul's 71 Champions League goals. A 12th consecutive victory in all competitions would allow Real to seal their place in the Last 16.
Liverpool are tied with Swiss champions Basel and Champions League debutants Ludogorets Razgrad in a battle for second place on three points.
However, despite suffering a sixth defeat of the season at Newcastle United on Saturday, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insisted his side won't be overawed by the task in front of them. "We're in a transition phase. We want to be better and we need to be better. So the game Tuesday night is a wonderful game for us."
Madrid moved to the top of La Liga for the first time this season with a 4-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday. "We need to continue this run and we're very happy with the way we're playing. We're in incredible form," said midfielder Luka Modric.
"The team wants more and the more goals we score the more we want." The hosts should also be bolstered by the return of Gareth Bale after five games out with a pelvic muscle injury.
In 174 La Liga games for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has scored 194 goals. That puts him 10th on the all-time scorers list. He is the only one in the top 20 to have scored at a rate of more than one per game.
Ronaldo is the second leading scorer in Champions League history, behind Raul. He has scored his 70 goals in 106 games, whereas Raul needed 142 for his 71.
He holds the record for the most Champions League goals in a single season — 17 in 11 games as Madrid were champions last time out.
Including one goal for Portugal, Ronaldo has already scored 23 goals this season. Liverpool, meanwhile, have scored 19 goals in all competitions so far this term.