Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers ready for 'outstanding' Real Madrid

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his "team will rise to the standards of playing an outstanding Real Madrid team" in the Champions League on Wednesday night at Anfield.

Rodgers goes on to praise Raheem Sterling's wonderful speed and technique, insisting the 19-year-old can produce the same quality against Real.

Real Madrid's world-record signing Gareth Bale is out with an injured upper thigh muscle, which Rodgers believes may be an advantage to Liverpool.