Liverpool finally reach Madrid

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Liverpool have finally arrived in Madrid for their Europa League semi-final with Atletico Madrid after a 1200-mile slog by train, coach and plane.

With the volcanic ash cloud continuing to cause travel chaos across northern Europe, the Reds had to abandon hopes to fly from Paris to Spain.

Rafa Benitez and company departed the French capital early on Wednesday to begin a three-and-a-half-hour journey to Bordeaux. From there they flew to their final destination of Madrid.

Liverpool arrived in Paris by Eurostar train shortly before 7pm on Tuesday and were forces into an early start on Wednesday, leaving Paris at 6.30am. Die-hard fans are also desperately attempting to reach Spain along the same route.

Despite the increased efforts, Atletico Madrid midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado does not believe Liverpool will show any ill-effects from their gruelling road trip to Spain.

"I'm sorry that they have to travel so many kilometres to get to Madrid, although I don't think it's something that will be noticed on the pitch," Jurado said.

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