Liverpool take on Real Madrid at the Bernabéu Stadium

Liverpool head to the Bernabéu Stadium tonight to take on Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League amid mounting speculation over Rafael Benitez's future at the Premier League club.

A number of bookmakers stopped taking bets this morning that the Spaniard was set to leave Liverpool at the weekend following delays over his new contract, but the club have come out with a statement quashing the speculation.

The tie has added spice thanks to the fact that Benitez spent over 16-years at the club as a player and a member of the coaching staff. Steven Gerrard is a serious doubt for the Reds with Jamie Carragher set to deputise as captain.

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