Steve McManaman sees a lot of the same principles, history, and pressures to succeed in both Liverpool and Real Madrid.
McManaman has had the privilege of playing for both Liverpool and Real Madrid. If anyone knows about what it is expected of you at either club it is McManaman.
After coming through the ranks at Anfield and then playing for nine years with the first team. Mcmanaman swapped Liverpool for the Santiago Bernabeu and Real Madrid.
His time at Liverpool saw him lift the FA Cup and League Cup. Seeing first hand the pressure that was on the club to succeed, and the cost of failure.
He then spent four successful years with Los Blancos. There he won the Champions League, the Copa Del Rey, and the Spanish Super Cup, all twice.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live he insists that the similarities between the two clubs are very clear to see.
“Real Madrid is very much like Liverpool.”
“As in two huge clubs in their particular countries, steeped in history, always looking at the past.”
“You have got these pictures all over the walls at Liverpool – it will be Emlyn Hughes, it will be Graeme Souness, Phil Thompson lifting these European Cups.”
“In Madrid, it was the same, you’ve got Alfredo Di Stefano, Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas, you’ve got pictures everywhere and the pressure is on every single season to win a trophy.”
“If it’s not the league, it’s the Champions League.”
“You have to deliver silverware, and that was exactly the same at Liverpool.”
“I went to Madrid, the faces were different and they spoke a foreign language but the pressure to win trophies was all that mattered.”