Fireworks set off in the middle of night next to Real Madrid team hotel ahead of Champions League clash against Liverpool

    Real Madrid's players will likely have missed out on some crucial sleep.

    (CNN)With Liverpool struggling on the pitch this season, the team is in need of all the help it can get ahead of Tuesday's crunch Champions League first-leg round-of-16 match against Real Madrid.

    Liverpool's players might now have the advantage of playing against a tired Real team after fireworks were set off in the middle of the night outside of the hotel the Spanish side is staying in.
    "We can confirm officers attended following reports of fireworks being set off outside a hotel in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of today (Tuesday 21 February)," Merseyside Police said in a statement.
      "It was reported at 12.55am that a group were setting off the fireworks close to the INNSiDE Hotel on Old Hall Street. It is against the law to carry or use fireworks if you are under 18, and illegal for people of any age to let off or throw a firework in a public place.
        "You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on Bonfire Night, New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year."